A Field Guide to American Houses
The guide that enables you to identify, and place in their historic and architectural contexts, the houses you see in your neighborhood or in your travels across America. 17th century to the present.
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19th century Adam style American houses arched architect architectural areas balustrade bay windows brackets brick building built centered gable Chateauesque chimneys Classical Revival Colonial houses Colonial Revival columns common commonly construction cornice Craftsman cross gables Dallas decorative detailing dominant door surround dormers Early Classical Revival eaves Eclectic houses elaborate English entry porch fanlight frame French front facade front-facing front-gabled full-width gabled roof gambrel Gothic Revival Greek Revival half-timbering high-style hipped roof IDENTIFYING FEATURES Italianate Kentucky late 19th century low-pitched masonry Medieval mid-19th century Missouri Neoclassical Note one-story original overhang Palladian window panes parapeted pattern pediment percent pilasters porch supports PRINCIPAL SUBTYPES Queen Anne style Renaissance Renaissance Classical Richardsonian Romanesque roof form sashes shape shingles side-gabled roof simple Spanish Eclectic spindlework stone story stucco style surviving symmetrical Texas tile tower town houses traditions Tudor two-story TYPICAL unusual urban usually VARIANTS AND DETAILS wall cladding wall surfaces wings wood wooden York