Guide to Residential Styles
Every house has a style. Sometimes it has two or more; because of renovations and new mixes, fitting a home into one specific category can be sometimes impossible. Thankfully, there’s no need to memorize complicated architectural terminology. REALTOR® Magazine has compiled a convenient list of common styles. The main Residential Styles are:
-Art Deco, Bungalow, Cape Cod, Colonial, Contemporary, Craftsman, Creole, Dutch Colonial, Federal, French Provincial, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, International, Italianate, Monterey, National, Neoclasical, Prairie, Pueblo, Queen Anne, Ranch, Regency, Salt Box, Second Empire, Shed, Shingle, Shotgun, Spanish Eclectic, Split Level, Stick, Tudor, Victorian.
In suburban Chicago in 1893, Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect, designed the first Prairie-style house, and it's still a common style throughout the Midwest. Prairie houses come in two styles—boxy and symmetrical or low-slung and asymmetrical. Roofs are low-pitched, with wide eaves. Brick and clapboard are the most common building materials. Other details: rows of casement windows; one-story porches with massive square supports; and stylized floral and circular geometric terra-cotta or masonry ornamentation around doors, windows, and cornices.