Architectural Styles - Colonial Revival
Colonial Revival style homes were extremely popular
from 1900 to 1950. After the first centennial of the American Revolution in
1876, a new awareness of traditional architectural forms appeared across the US.
From 1920 until mid-century, this architectural style with its variants was the
most popular home style in the US. With its simple elegant lines and traditional
form, it continues to be one of America’s favorite house styles.
Its popularity stems from its traditional American
roots and the flexibility of style. The New England version provides the style
derived from the Georgian and Adam architecture of the late 1700s as well as
offering uniquely American variations like the salt box and Cape Cod. Others
types include the Dutch Colonial with its characteristic gambrel roof and the
Colonial Revivals typically have a rectangular
footprint and may be one, one-and-a-half, or two stories. They may have either a
hipped or gabled roof with a medium pitch. The façade is generally
symmetrical which gives it formality and balance. 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.
White was the preferred color for many homes with
trim in green, black, or other dark hues.
Some Examples of Colonial Revival Houses at the Bay
(Past and Present)
406 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 26
"Le Marin" also known as "McDonald House"
Ca. 1890 with some Colonial Revival details and added dormers. 1½-story 7x4bay house with gable roof and clapboard siding.
Undercut gallery supported on paired posts with lattice. Central
entrance with double-leaf doors and 2 secondary entrances. This
house survived Katrina but has not been restored as of December 2007.
408 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 25
Ca. 1900 Colonial Revival. 1½-story 5x7-bay frame house with
gable-on-hip roof and hip-roofed side dormers. Shiplap siding.
Balustred balcony. Undercut gallery. Central entrance
with transom and sidelights. This house survived Katrina and is
being restored - December 2007.
410 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 24
Ca. ____. Colonial revival. 1½-story 3x2-bay frame house with
central entrance flanked by large windows. Gable roof with gable-roofed central dormer. This house
survived Katrina in 2005 and was completely restored in 2007.
600 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 19
Ca. 1925. Colonial Revival. 2-story 5x2-bay gable-roofed
stucco house with central entrance and 1-story projecting porch.
Casement windows. Lattice betweren columns. Survived
Katrina and was immediately restored.
612 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 15
Ca. 1910. Colonial Revival. 1
½-story 3x4-bay house. Hip-roofed dormers. Brick veneer
first floor. This house survived Katrina and was immediately restored.
222 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 48
Our Lady's Academy. Ca. 1930. Colonial Revival.
2-story 7x7-bay brick building with large round-arched windows on
the front and side façades. Rectangular panels with patterned
brick and elaborate ventilator grates in frieze area. Some
double-leaf doors. This building was demolished following
904 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 76
Ca. 1890. Colonial Revival. 1-story
5x2-bay frame dwelling with undercut gallery. 3 doors and 2
sets of paired windows on the front elevation. 2 hooded
dormers with decorated pediments.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)
107 Court Street
National Register # 368
Ca. 1935. Colonial Revival. 2-story 3x2-bay gable-roofed
house with central entrance. Balustrade above entrance portico.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)
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