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House Styles

Below you will find a compilation of my favorite house types. To view the timeline of American house periods and a brief history of American architectural house styles file please click here.

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American Bungalow

American Bungalow

The word bungalow is often used for any small 20th century home that uses space efficiently. However there are particular features we associate with bungalow architecture in the USA. California Bungalows, Craftsman Bungalows, and Chicago Bungalows are just a few of the many varieties of the popular American Bungalow form.


 

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American Craftsman

American Craftsman

From cozy bungalows to sprawling Prairie houses, many American homes were shaped by Craftsman ideas. The Craftsman bungalow was a popular house style between 1905 and the 1930s, and it's making a comeback today.


 

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Federal

Federal

Graceful details distinguish Federal homes from the pragmatic Georgian Colonial style.

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American Four Square

American Four Square

The Foursquare style, sometimes called the Prairie Box, can be found in nearly every part of the United States.

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Midwest Vernacular

Midwest Vernacular

Midwest Style Homes and Barns 

Architecture that defines the Midwest.

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Minimalist

Minimalist

Katrina Cottage, Minimal Traditional, and Shotgun House

Rather than small houses, cheaply built of inferior materials, the Minimalist house was usually constructed of the same quality materials as larger, more expensive homes. These small homes pack a lot in a small package.

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Prairie Style

Prairie Style

Frank Lloyd Wright transformed the American home when he began to design "Prairie" style houses with low horizontal lines and open interior spaces.

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Romantic

Romantic

Colonial, Gothic, Greek Revivals, and Italianate

 

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Victorian

Victorian

 Victorian – Eastlake, Folk, Queen Anne, Second Empire, Shingle, Stick

The Victorian style was prevalent in the United States from 1879 to 1910. The first Victorian structures appeared in Los Angeles around the mid-1880s.

The Victorian style is largely the product of the railroads and the industrial revolution. The elaborate turned and carved wooden decorative elements emblematic of this style were make inexpensive by the development of the assembly line and the steam engine. Therefore, even relatively modest homes could sport elaborate decoration.

 

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Charleston Single House

Charleston Single House

Charleston single house is a form of house found in Charleston, South Carolina. The house is well-suited to long, narrow lots which were laid out in early Charleston. A single house has its narrow side (often two- or three-bays wide) with a gable end along the street and a longer side (often five-bays) running perpendicular to the street.


 

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Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and I reside in Stevensville, Michigan my wife and two children. I have been interested in Architecture since my boyhood days; however, because of my families business—a lumberyard—I never really got a chance to pursue my dream until later in my career. Read more...

 

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