Colonial Revival

311 W Elm St809 W Pennsylvania Ave

The Colonial Revival style refers to the rebirth of interest in the early English and Dutch colonial houses in the United States. Of the colonial styles, the Georgian and Adam styles are the most widely imitated and form the backbone of the Revival, with secondary influences from Postmedieval English and Dutch traditions. The Queen Anne and Shingle styles were also influenced by the Revival. In Colonial Revival architecture details from the precedent styles are freely combined, and details may often be exaggerated.


Identifying features of the Colonial Revival style include an accentuated front door with a decorative crown (pediment), supported by pilasters or extended forward and supported by slender columns to form an entry porch. Facades are typically symmetrical, with a centrally placed doorway with fanlights or sidelights. Windows are typically double-hung sashes, usually with multi-pane glazing in one or both sashes. Windows may also be paired. Floor plans can be asymmetrical or have a simple square shape. Roofs may be full-hipped, side or centrally gabled, or gambrel. There may be a full-width, single story porch with classical columns added to a symmetrical, two-story house of square of rectangular plan.

- Last Modified -October 11, 2016 - 10:13am
- Author - SashaC