A Colonial house, as the name implies, is one built during America's colonial period. The Colonial Revival style was a later iteration of this style beginning in the late 19th century as a reaction to the extreme ornamentation of the Victorian style. Colonial Revival houses incorporated more modern materials and details than the original, and were popular from the late 1800's well into the 20th century.
The Colonial Revival style is marked by a number of distinctive features, which include multiple stories, a rectangular shape, a symmetrical facade with a central entrance and equal placement of windows on either side. Colonial Revival structures usually include a gable roof, dormer windows which are double-hung and feature shutters, paneled doors with sidelights, fireplaces, and pillars or columns. They may incorporate either brick or wood siding. Interestingly, the Colonial Revival style has a number of variations. These include the Federal and Georgian styles as well as the Dutch Colonial and Saltbox designs.