A beautiful 1888 Chateauesque house in Easton, PA.
Early 19th century revival styles in the US were Romanticized and fanciful. Later, they became more academic and serious. This shift occurred as American architects began attending European schools and some US universities began architecture programs.
With increased knowledge about historic styles in Europe, American architects began producing designs inspired by a wide range of late Gothic and Renaissance styles, often distinguished by regional characteristics – with names that include “Flemish,” “Loire Valley,” or other specific locales.
While evocative of Europe prototypes in some aspects, this example is a purely American house. In plan and form it would be a Shingle Style house if the upper stories were wood shingled and not stone.
For homeowners, it is less important to know the origins of the details than to understand that the house is a product of a specific time and place in US history – a time when an increasingly sophisticated and well-traveled segment of the population chose to express their social status with homes reflecting that experience.
Understanding the style of a house will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation. “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” will help.
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