The Colonial home is one of the more iconic American home styles and probably the most distinguishable. The style evolved over the years from the Colonial days in New England. The term “Colonial” has several subtypes including; Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial and German Colonial. Typically those subtypes are identified by name and “colonial” is referring to the Georgian or New England Colonial style.
Throughout US History there have been waves of Colonial Revival periods where these home styles come back into style. Throughout the years there have been many adaptations to the style, but the distinguishing features remain in tact.
The characteristic feature of this style is the symmetrical balance of the windows and central door. During the Colonial Revival period of the 1970’s it earned a nickname “Five – Four and a Door” from this symmetrical characteristic, typically 5 windows on the 2nd floor, 4 windows on the first floor with a door in the middle.
Dental molding is often seen on these homes as well as window shutters. Siding will vary from brick, stone, and wood clapboards.
A Widow’s Walk is sometimes seen on this homestyle. A Widow’s Walk came about from the age of Sailing vessels. The story is that Maritime wives would use this perch to watch for their husbands returning from Sea, this is how it earned it’s name Widow Walk. These are also called Captain’s Walks.
Some of the most stately and elegant homes are built in this Colonial Style. There were also many of these homes built that are pretty basic. This home style covers the spectrum of price brackets. There are many of these Colonial Revival homes throughout the Twin Cities ranging from really basic to really elegant. Edina, MN has an impressive stock of this architectural style.
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