onthelake wrote:Okay - so far so so good. BUT
- the façade is generally symmetrical which gives it formality and balance and often have often with side porches or wings balancing the facade
- double-hung, multi-paned windows are arranged symmetrically, frequently in pairs.
- the front door is centered and accentuated with a combination of pediment, pilasters, columns, fanlight, or sidelights.
ANd therein is the problem. Your house is asymetrical - more typical of Victorian, Arts and Craft, and Edwardian. It has touches of Greek Revival (early 19th century) and the built-ins of the Arts and Crafts and EDwardian periods.
Not all houses can be pigeonholed into the historic architectural styles. Often the local builder would have a desgin he liked or which had become popular in the community and which did not come from the 'popular' designs. The locally design concpet often borrowed a little from here (sa mayve the high ceilings of a Queen ANne or the mouldings of Arts N' Crafts) and a little from there (rectangular of the COlonial Revival or ture Greek Revival of the early 19th century) and some of this and some of that..... Kind of an eclectic approach - often called Folk Architecture as it developed from the local tastes.
Okay, I'll bite on this one. First, I mostly agree with the ABOVE statements describing what features Colonial Revival houses generally tend to have. Having said that - THIS house is essentially a colonial revival with details borrowed from the Craftsman and Edwardian forms. Essentially, "Edwardian" is a later period of Victorian architecture (1900-1915 or thereabouts) with less bombastic, plainer styling. This particular house, built in 1918, is a perfect example of the Colonial Revival interpretation, a form that perhaps could be characterized as a bastardization of different styles with a "Colonial" foundation. Since the revival styles of the Teens and Twenties were more often than not "romanticized" versions of the real thing - borrowing bits and pieces from other styles and genres - they are, by definition. NOT exacting and precise copies of the genuine article.
Furthermore, Colonial architecture is a broad form and is not ALWAYS expressed with a symmetrical facade with a centered door, and I would disagree with using that "rule of thumb" to differentiate a later Colonial Revival "mutt". Subsets of colonial architecture - such as Georgian or Federal - might be symmetrical with a centered door, but not always...especially with Federal-style townhouses found in cities like Philadelphia or Baltimore. The key words are "usually" and "generally"...there's not many hard and fast rules in Revival architecture.
A true Colonial Revival generally
- have a rectangular footprint and
- may be one, one-and-a-half, or two stories.
- have either a hipped or gabled roof with a medium pitch.
Okay, this confuses me. According to THESE statements - you feel that a foursquare is not a subset of Colonial Revival architecture due to its generally square footprint? And, with it's steep roof pitch and or "cat-slide" roof details, neither is a Tudor Revival? How do you characterize a Storybook-style home?