• Formal Balance
• Front Entry centered
• Front entry usually covered with a columned porch
• Equal spaced double-hung windows on each side
• Chimneys placed at end walls
• Façade usually brick
• Common modification of the Georgian style.
• Two-story in the front, one-story at the rear.
• Windows are usually protected by shutters that
block out winter winds.
• One level with a steep roof.
• The upper level is formed in the center of the house
• Dormers are placed on the front of the roof to allow
for lighting and ventilation.
• Windows are symmetrical around the door and have
shutters on the lower level
• Similar to the Georgian with symmetrical features.
• Usually has a flat covered porch, with two story
columns, that extends the length of the house to protect
the windows from the summer sun.
• Plantation Style House
• Designed after houses that were built in Europe
before the early 1800s.
• Usually asymmetrical in layout and constructed of
timber, stone or brick and plaster.
• The window glass is commonly diamond shaped
instead of rectangular.
• Gambrel or Barn Roof
• Mansard Roof
• Usually a two story construction.
• Very little trim and detail work,
• Well known for its wrap around covered porch.
• From the late 1800’s is still being copied today.
• Irregularly shaped floor plans,
• Ornate detailing, Arched windows, and towers
• Style first became popular in the 1600s.
• Homes are usually two or three stories tall and have a
gable or hip roof.
•A turret near the center of the home is also common.
• A modification of this style has a wraparound porch
• Designed to meet a wide variety of needs or the
lifestyle of an owner.
• Features openness from room to room.
• One story house, usually with no steps
• Usually built on a large lot .
• Low- pitched roof with a large overhang.
• Usually were constructed of adobe or plaster and are
typically one story.
• The roof is very low pitched and may be made of tile.
• Built using classic proportions and decorations or Greek
• Traditionally large and rectangular, with low sloped gable
roofs that are supported by columns
• Modified to meet the needs of the people, climate and
• Foundation for design in America for centuries and follows
classic principles of design used by the ancient Greeks.
• The front entry is usually centered and covered by a
• Derived from the Queen Anne style of architecture
• Features unpainted wooden shingles on the exterior.
• Boasts verandas, turrets and wrought iron.
•Designed to blend in with the flat landscapes of the Midwest.
•These contemporary style homes had an open floor plan and
extended low pitched roofline.
Arts and Crafts
•Americans away from mass production to a simpler time.
Natural materials are commonly used in a simplistic
•These homes are light, open and usually have built in furniture
Arts and Crafts
Shot Gun House
•At the turn of the century took America by storm.
•These small houses, some costing as little as $900
• Helped fulfill many Americans’ wishes for their own home
• Equipped with all the latest conveniences