In my previous two posts on the subject of LA’s historic architecture, I covered Victorian architecture and indroduced you to the new styles that emerged around the turn of the century. New architecture styles continued to pop up and flourish all over United States (as well as the rest of the world) well into the 20th century. This is especially true for Los Angeles where, during the 1920’s, the region experienced a building boom, and thanks in part to the growing creative influence of a developing film industry, the Los Angeles area is now home to the most expansive collection of Period Revival homes in the country!
But what is Period Revival Architecture?
Period Revival refers to an era spanning the first half of the 20th century wherein architectural design recalled stylistic elements from earlier periods of time- the trend was towards “reviving” these older architectural styles and giving them new life in the modern world. Architects during this period drew from all different time-periods and geographic locations for inspiration.
Popular styles during this period include:
- Colonial Revival- typically rectangular and symmetrical, 2-3 stories, simple detailing, brick or wood siding and double-hung windows with shutters.
- Dutch Colonial- commonly two-story houses made of clapboard or shingles with a gambrel roof, flared eaves, and a side-entry floor plan.
- English and Tudor Revival- featuring heavy chimneys, half-timbering, steeply-pitched roofs, cross gables, and narrow windows.
- French Eclectic- often incorporating hipped roofs, dormers, flared eaves, and arched doorways.
- Spanish Colonial- Low-pitched ceramic tile roof, stucco walls, eaves with little or no overhang, wrought iron, and windows and doorways with round arches.
- Monterey- typically two stories and a rectangular shape with a large second-story porch only accessible from the inside (no exterior staircase), and a low-pitched roof.
- Colonial/Neoclassical Revival- large, symmetrical design often with windows on each side of the door, large columns, and pediments, Neoclassical is often distinguished by its ornate detail.
- Mediterranean Revival- Often featuring stucco siding with low-pitched, terra-cotta tile roofs, often elaborate arched doorways with heavy carved-wooden doors, Arches also appear above windows and porches. Wooden or wrought-iron balconies are also common.
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