TYPES

Architectural History

American Eras, Styles, and Building Types 

American architectural history is conveyed with no small accuracy and large appeal. 

Eras, types, and styles of our buildings over time are revealed more or less chronologically with unknown intention, deliberate or accidental familiarity, and insistent imagination. 

 

As ever and everywhere, the buildings convey architecture as well as aspirations --

personal, cultural, or national. Some find variably compelling place as American contributions to world architecture.

 

History moves over 250 years from:                 

 

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EARLY COLONIAL

 

THE 60s SPLIT LEVEL IN WHICH I AND POSSIBLY ALSO YOU LIVED

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Colonial 1st Period 

Colonial

Dutch Hudson Valley

Colonial

New England

Meeting House

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Colonial Georgian

Independence Hall 

Philadelphia

Colonial Later

Confident New Republic Federal

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Pennsylvania

Stone

New England Church

First Congregational

Old Lyme   Connecticut

American Palladian

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Capitol

Iconogaphic national style as well as a building  

Cabin

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Greek Revival

I love thy rocks and rills,

Thy woods and templed hills.

American patriotic hymn,

My Country, 'Tis of Thee

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Southern

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Southern Mt. Vernon

A  building and an incessant  national style

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Low Country

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Steamboat Gothic

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Western

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Board & Batten

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Victorian

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Victorian Mansard

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Italiantate

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Queen Anne

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Dog Trot

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Churchly Gothic Revival

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Castle

Ever compelled by castles, Americans -- particularly rich or idiosyncratic men in the late 19th century -- have long put them about the landscape

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Urban Row

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Richardsonian

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Ferris Wheel

An ever welcome contribution of America to world architecture

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Shingle

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Nouveau Victorian Cottage Fancy

An inexplicably overlooked style

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Classic Town & Urban, Often Close Together

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Cottage Idealized

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Bungalow

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Shotgun

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Beaux-Arts

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Prairie

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Colonial Revival

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Diner

A swell contribution of America

to world architecture

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Shopping Center

Not as swell a contribution of America to world architecture

Skyscraper

Surely the most significant  contribution of America to

world architecture

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Mizner South Florida

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30s French Normandy Country Club District

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30s Hollywood Spanish

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30s Bauhaus

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30s Moderne

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Moderne Deco

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Oil Platform Offshore

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Ranch House

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Modern

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Fast Food

Very American with equivocal contribution to world architecture

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Split Level

Very American with no apparent contribution to world architecture

These buildings are also seen on varied pages throughout this website.