Classic Colonial Architecture
This is a classic Colonial: a rusty-red brick facade, dentil moldings, a portico flanked by gracious white columns, symmetrical dormers, and a
This Georgian-style Colonial home was designed with hipped-roof wings, front gables, and a center dormer. Georgian-style homes dominated the English colonies for most of the 18th century, making it among the most long-lived styles in American architecture.
Staying true to its style, this 1810 New England Colonial saltbox home has narrow eaves and little exterior ornamentation. But its yellow door and English-style circular driveway of crushed stone make for a simple but dramatic opening act.
Colonial details, such as wood shingles, pedimented upper windows, and lantern sconces flanking the front door, give this home character. A brick path and growing ivy add charm.
French Colonial Home
This home offers many details that are typical of French Colonial houses including a hipped roof, eyebrow dormers, and paired
shutters framing the windows and front door.
The windows of Colonial-style homes are aligned horizontally and vertically in symmetrical rows. They're often divided into smaller panes separated by white wooden muntins.
This 2-1/2-story neo-Colonial home features many characteristics of its style, including a portico topped by a pediment,
shutters, and a complicated roofline.
This brick Colonial home's double chimneys--a common feature of the style--reinforce the home's symmetry.
Colonial Door Shutters
Characteristic of traditional Colonial houses,
shutters cover the front door of this home, and a pediment tops the simple portico. The exterior is dressed up with a trio of elements: plaques on the door, wreaths on the windows, and swags set beneath the windows.
Dutch Colonial Revival
This Dutch Colonial Revival home features a signature gambrel roof. A mix of hefty square and rounded columns lend a stately presence, and a large, central dormer adds architectural interest.
The detail of this Georgian-style Colonial home's grand entrance makes it stand out. An elaborate crown supported by decorative pilasters caps the front door, and a row of small rectangular windows beneath the crown--another traditional feature--allows extra light inside.
French Colonial Details
With its wide
front porch, arched porch portico, oversize set of French doors, smaller doors flanked by shutters, white columns, and cross-gables atop the house and garage, this home is all things French Colonial.
Many Colonial-style homes feature a row of small rectangular panes of glass within the door or in a transom just above the door, as seen here.
This Colonial Revival brick exterior features classic architecture made more authentic by antique chimney pots and coach
lamps collected over the years.
Spanish Colonial Home
Spanish-style dwellings that first appeared in the American Southwest merged the Old World and the New. Staying true to that legacy, this home conveys historical flavor while taking liberties with the design. The Spanish Colonial design boasts a clay-tile roof and wrought-iron details.
Wreaths decorated with fruit adorn the front door and pediment of this home, dressing up the entrance and calling attention to the pediment's dentil
molding. The wreaths are made of magnolia leaves and include pineapples, a Colonial-era symbol for lavish hospitality.
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