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Architectural Styles

Primary Architectural Styles


American Bungalow

Although the term refers to structures built by the British in India, American Bungalow architecture and designs are in the “craftsman” style developed by the Greene brothers of Pasadena, CA.

Art Deco

A modernistic architectural design developed in 1922 by a renowned Finnish architect in response to worldwide competition.

Colonial Revival

The term generally refers to homes built from the 1880s to the mid-1950s that reflect renewed interest in the earliest English and Dutch houses.


Sometimes called the “Adam” style, the Federal style was the predominant architectural language in the US from 1780 to 1820.


The dominant style of the English colonies from about 1700 to 1780. Many examples in Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and Annapolis.

Greek Revival

This architectural language flourished from about 1830 to 1850 when it was seen as a national style.


Began in England as a reaction to formal classical ideals that had dominated architecture for almost two centuries.

Mid-Century Modern

This ranch style was influenced by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie Style Home.”

Queen Anne

The style was popularized by a group of 19th century English architects.

Richardsonian Romanesque

This style is named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

Second Empire

Considered very modern in the mid-19th century, this architectural style imitated French building fashions of the period.


Like stick and spindlework Queen Anne, shingle architectural style presents a uniquely American adaptation of other traditions.


A transitional architectural style which links the preceding Gothic Revival with the subsequent Queen Anne.


An architectural style loosely based on a variety of late Medieval English prototypes, ranging from thatch-roof folk cottages to grand manor houses.