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:
THE 60s SPLIT LEVEL IN WHICH I AND POSSIBLY ALSO YOU LIVED
Colonial 1st Period
Dutch Hudson Valley
Confident New Republic Federal
New England Church
Old Lyme Connecticut
Iconogaphic national style as well as a building
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills.
American patriotic hymn,
My Country, 'Tis of Thee
Southern Mt. Vernon
A building and an incessant national style
Board & Batten
Churchly Gothic Revival
Ever compelled by castles, Americans -- particularly rich or idiosyncratic men in the late 19th century -- have long put them about the landscape
An ever welcome contribution of America to world architecture
Nouveau Victorian Cottage Fancy
An inexplicably overlooked style
Classic Town & Urban, Often Close Together
A swell contribution of America
to world architecture
Not as swell a contribution of America to world architecture
Surely the most significant contribution of America to
Mizner South Florida
30s French Normandy Country Club District
30s Hollywood Spanish
Oil Platform Offshore
Very American with equivocal contribution to world architecture
Very American with no apparent contribution to world architecture
These buildings are also seen on varied pages throughout this website.