Spectacular Colonial Revival

Spectacular Colonial Revival style Arthur S. and Grace (Bowen) Hardy House in Woodstock, CT, built 1906.

Arthur S. Hardy (1847 – 1930) was an American engineer, educator, editor, diplomat, novelist, and poet. Hardy and his second wife, Grace, had this house built in her hometown after their marriage, not far from her father’s 1845 Gothic Revival summer home, Roseland Cottage.

America’s most enduring residential architectural style, the Colonial Revival got its start in the late 19th century and has never really gone away. A product of the late Victorian period, it looked back to the Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles. It freely combined elements from all of them, often with some elements of other popular Victorian era styles. The Hardy House is a fine example of the Colonial Revival style, mixing elements of the Georgian and Federal styles.

Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Colonial Revival is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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