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What Is a Tudor House?

How to Identify Architectural Styles in the Washington, DC Area

Part of what makes the DC metropolitan area so wonderful is the diversity—in terms of not only culture but also architecture! There are many Tudor style homes—in fact, in this area, Tudor homes made up one of the largest portions of homes built during the 1920s and 1930s.

What Is a Tudor Style House?

What is a Tudor home? What are its distinguishing characteristics? Tudor homes are characterized by their:

  • Steeply pitched gable roofs
  • Playfully elaborate masonry chimneys (often with chimney pots)
  • Embellished doorways
  • Groupings of windows (often casements in rows of three or more, framed in either wood or metal, divided into six or eight rectangular panes or arranged in a diamond pattern)
  • Decorative half-timbering
  • Stucco or brick
  • Renaissance embellishments—arched openings, board and batten doors, black metal door hardware, and tabs of cut stone set into a brick wall, etc.

Brief Summary of the Tudor Style

European-trained architects, influenced by Old World styles, brought the eclectic, asymmetrical Tudor style to America toward the end of the nineteenth century. Built for wealthy homeowners, Tudor houses were of solid masonry with elaborate decorative stone and brickwork. They were sometimes called “Stockbroker Tudor” because their financially successful owners had frequently made their wealth in the booming 1920s stock market. The Tudor style fell out of popularity around World War II when a resurgence of patriotism encouraged an appreciation for a more American style. Read more about the Tudor style on AsktheArchitect.org »

One of the best examples of a Tudor style house in Montgomery County, Maryland is the landmark Newlands/Corby Mansion in Chevy Chase at the juncture of Chevy Chase Circle, Connecticut Avenue, and Brookville Road. Just east of the mansion, at Western Avenue and Brookville Road, is a fine example of a more modest, but beautifully detailed, Tudor home. The Wentworth team has also remodeled many Tudor style houses in the DC area.

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Contact the Wentworth team today to learn more or if you’re ready to remodel your home!

“ I had several ideas on how to overhaul my galley kitchen and family room but Wentworth gave me three fantastic designs that had never occurred to me. I ended up choosing a combination of two of the designs. When they began work, they were at the house working every single weekday, with no exceptions. Their attention to detail went way beyond what I would have noticed. They cared a great deal about the quality of their work, and took pride in it. They finished ahead of schedule, and we could not be more pleased with the results. ”

A.C., Bethesda, MD (GuildQuality)