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Different Home Styles & Their Architectural Details: Pt 1

There are many architectural styles commonly seen here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Although some can look similar, there are always distinguishing characteristics and ways to identify the style.

Here is a mini guide to help you get started:

Bungalow/Craftsman Style Details

Bungalow and craftsman style architecture includes elements such as:

  • Clapboard, shingle, stucco, stone, or concrete block siding
  • Gable roof
  • Exposed roof rafters
  • Porch with columns

Bungalow/craftsman homes were predominant between 1905 and 1930. Learn more about the American Bungalow style.

Art Deco Style Details

Art Deco style architecture includes elements such as:

  • Brick, terra cotta, or limestone siding
  • Metal work
  • Decorative geometric motifs
  • Acroterion
  • Sunrise pattern

Art Deco homes were predominant between 1925 and 1940. Learn more about the Art Deco style.

Colonial Revival Style Details

Colonial Revival style architecture includes elements such as:

  • Columns or pilasters
  • Gable or hip roof
  • Double-hung windows
  • Capitals

Colonial Revival homes were predominant between 1880 and 1955. Learn more about the Colonial Revival style.

Federal Style Details

Federal (Adam) style architecture includes elements such as:

  • Pilasters
  • Pediments
  • Cornices
  • Double-hung windows

Federal homes were predominant between 1780 and 1820. Learn more about the Federal style.

Georgian Style Details

Georgian style architecture includes elements such as:

  • Clapboard or shingle siding
  • Rigid symmetry
  • Hip roof

Georgian homes were predominant between 1700 and 1830. Learn more about the Georgian style.

Greek Revival Style Details

Greek Revival style architecture includes elements such as:

  • Transoms and sidelights
  • Gable or hip roof
  • Heavy trim
  • Cornices

Greek Revival homes were predominant between 1825 and 1860. Learn more about the Greek Revival style.

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