A stone Georgian Colonial Revival style house in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
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, sometimes with elements of the popular Victorian era styles. The style is still popular enough that some real estate agents regularly call every old house “Colonial.”
This example draws primarily from Georgian Colonial with 20th century features like the tri-partite windows on the first floor and the sun porch at the left. A balancing wing at the right, largely hidden by shrubs, may contain a garage entered from the rear.
It is a fine example of Georgian Colonial in a Pennsylvania context where the use of stone was common in the 18th century.
Colonial Revival is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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