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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Daybreak Architecture - Georgian Revival

One of the homes that I like best in Daybreak takes the neo-traditional form of the Georgian Revival style. This style became popular in the U.S. during the period of 1880 to 1930. Commonly known as colonial revival, this style was an imitation of English, Dutch, and French homes. The English Georgian homes were named for the three English Kings George, who ruled form 1714 to 1820. Georgian revival homes are characterized by the following features:

  • Two to two and a half stories
  • Usually made of red brick, but often in clapboard
  • Symmetrical windows across the front usually in odd numbers of 5 with 3 and 7 being less common
  • Gabled roof (Hipped in larger models)
  • Dormers set on the roof directly above windows below
  • Inside rooms were two deep, a double-pile plan
  • Ornamentation above windows and doorways as well as cornices and quoins.
  • Formal and symmetrical facade.
Of course the examples of this style in Daybreak are not exact copies. In fact, the Georgian homes built during the revival lacked the exact detail of their older counterparts. Many sources suggest that this was due to the quality of the renderings and drawings of what the homes were supposed to look like. These home gained better detail in concert with improvements in photography. I think that I like this style of home because of its use of masonry. Brick is a beautiful medium from which to construct a house. Of course the porch that was added on the front is not a regular feature of Georgian revival homes. However, I don't think that it dismantles the style at all. A few of these homes are located in Founder's Village, but a couple can also be found in Eastlake. Unlike the American foursquare these homes served the upper class more than the middle class during the early part of the 1900s. From a design standpoint this style of home truly adds grace and variety to Daybreak architecture.

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