Colonial Revival is one of the most classic architectural styles. Popular from 1880 to 1960, details of this design continue to be used in homes built today.
Our newest listing, 4021 La Crosse Avenue (MLS #1611441)–built in 1928 and tucked on a quiet cul-de-sac in the historic neighborhood of Madisonville–provides a fine example of this traditional style to be sure.
But what makes a Colonial Revival just that?
Perhaps the style’s most notable element is its symmetrical front facade with centered doorway and evenly spaced windows. Additional exterior characteristics include:
- An overall rectangular shape;
- 1-3 stories;
- Typically a medium pitch, side-gable roof with narrow eaves (Hipped roofs and dormers are sometimes also seen);
- Multi-pane, double-hung windows with shutters;
- An accented doorway with columns, pilasters, pediment, or even a hood creating a covered porch. The door may be paneled or have a fanlight or transom, or sidelights;
- Brick or wood clapboard siding
- Additional design elements such as classical columns, two-story pilasters, quoins at corners, dentil trim under eaves, or Palladian windows.
Traditional architectural forms, such as Colonial Revival, appeared after the first centennial of the American Revolution in 1876. From about 1920 to the mid-century, this style was the most popular home style in America. Subtypes of the Colonial Revival style include Classical Revival, American Four Square, Dutch Colonial Revival, Garrison Colonial, and Cape Cod. Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg in the 1920s helped expose this architectural style to a wider audience throughout the country.
Homes of this style remain very desirable and easily fit with today’s lifestyles–just check out 4021 La Crosse Avenue to see for yourself!