Historic Styles

Architectural Styles

There are homes with many different architectural styles, especially here in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. At Wentworth, we have experience remodeling and building additions to homes of all historic styles in many of DC’s historic districts, such as Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Kalorama, Cleveland Park, and more.

American Bungalow

Although the term bungalow now commonly describes a small one- or one-and-a-half-story home or casual beach house, the word actually derives from the Indian Hindustani word bangala, meaning belonging to Bengal. Indeed, the British first built bungalows in India in the mid-19th century. The intent was to design an informal, easily constructed, one-story rest house for travelers. Built low to the ground, the original Indian bungalow has large porches sheltered by wide overhanging eaves, a perfect way to deal with the country’s hot, sunny climate.

Art Deco Style Architecture

tarting in 1925, art deco was a movement that influenced architecture, fashion, art, and furniture in the United States. From 1925 to 1940, art deco houses were embellished with hard-edged, low-relief designs; geometric shapes, like chevrons and ziggurats; and stylized floral and sunrise patterns.

If you’re remodeling your Maryland, Washington, DC, or Northern Virginia home and want to capture the art deco style, Wentworth is ready to help. Our unique collaboration between architects, designers, and craftsmen means we can create the home you deserve in the style you want. Update your home to meet your modern lifestyle without sacrificing the vintage look and style with Wentworth!

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Colonial Revival Style

Colonial Revival is a popular architectural style in the United States because of its varied styling and inherent eloquence. The name reflects the late-19th-century fascination with homes built by the early English and Dutch settlers, an affection that intensified through World War I and II before ebbing in the mid-1950s.

Colonial Revival is essentially a mixture of styles, all uniquely American. Varied roof forms such as gabled, hipped, and gambrel signify the style’s diversity, allowing a greater degree of adaptation when remodeling than more rigidly defined styles.


Federal / Adam Style

The Federal, or Adam, style dominated the American architectural landscape from roughly 1780 to 1840, having evolved from the Georgian style, a principal design of the colonial period. Fundamentally, it was the comparatively progressive European ideas about architecture that prompted this American change in taste. Indeed, many historians today think of the Federal style as merely a refinement of the Georgian style, a view easily justified by a close comparison of the two.

Georgian Style

With its long history in America, the Georgian style is among our country’s most consistently popular architectural styles. Admired for its symmetrical design, classic proportions, and decorative elements, it is commonly associated with the reigns of England’s King George I, II, and III. However, in reality, it is directly tied to the work of English architect Sir Christopher Wren. Unmistakably the dominant architectural trend in the colonies between 1700 and the Revolutionary War, Georgian popularity slowed dramatically as architectural tastes began to change with the establishment of the United States and the emergence of the American Federal style.
Italianate Architecture
Italianate Architecture


Italianate Style

A daring departure from the cold and formal architecture of earlier decades, Italianate style brought a passion for freedom to 19th-century building design. Architects took inspiration from Mediterranean farmhouses with their characteristic towers and informal details, embracing this new approach and injecting it with an all-American flair to form something unique by the 1930s. By doing so, they could better express themselves artistically, allowing their full creativity to reign as they designed buildings never seen before.