A Flemish Revival townhouse in York, PA. Early 19th century revival styles in the US were romanticized and fanciful. Later in the century, 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 drawing on 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.
This is a lovely example of a townhouse with a Flemish Revival façade in limestone and yellow Roman brick. Although the detailing is drawn from earlier European precedents, it also shows Victorian elements like the projecting oriel window. 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.
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