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Presented by Dr. Vivian G. Baglien. History of Architect styles in Housing . Art Deco . Art Deco houses often have these features: two stories stucco walls, painted white or light pastels glass blocks Steel casement windows small round windows   curved corner walls   

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art deco
Art Deco
  • Art Decohouses often have these features:
    • two stories
    • stuccowalls, painted white or light pastels
    • glass blocks
    • Steel casement windows
    • small round windows  
    • curved corner walls   
    • concrete basement walls
art deco interiors
Art Deco Interiors

Deco ornamentation consists of low-relief geometrical designs, often with parallel straight lines, zigzags, chevrons, and stylized floral motives

Modern Art Deco

Traditional Art Deco

  • Original design from India
  • Later became popular in California and style moved uncommonly eastward.
  • Popular in Midwest in from 1910 to 1930’s
  • Can now be found almost anywhere in US.
  • Many bungalows found in NE Seattle on 15th NE.
bungalow styles
Bungalow styles

Seattle, WA.

Auburn, WA

california ranch
California Ranch
  • Long rectangular-shaped, single-story or split-level houses
  • Common in the suburbs of the late 1950s and 1960s.
  • Have very low pitched or hipped roofs,
  • One- or two-car attached garages.
cape cod
Cape Cod
  • Popular after WWII. Called GI house.
  • 1.5 stories, small pitched roofs
  • Dormer windows in roof line
  • Wide wooden clapboard.
  • Later might be covered with aluminum siding.
  • Garages detached or attached.
elizabethan half timbered or tudor revival
Elizabethan, Half-Timbered, or Tudor Revival
  • 2-2.5 stories
  • steep gabled roofs
  • half-timbering and stucco
  • small leaded glass windows
french provincial
French Provincial
  • French windows or shutters
  • High, steep hipped or gable roof.
  • Balanced appearance windows
  • Second story window through the cornice
  • Can be expensive- Use copper, slate or brick
gothic revival
Gothic Revival
  • High pointed arched windows, combined with towers and gabled roofs
  • Lacy bargeboard
  • Large verandas or porches
  • Bay and oriel windows.
new england style
New England Style
  • 2 - 2.5 Stories with a gable
  • Symmetrical placement of windows and doors
  • Classical features: shuttered windows, columns, cornices.
  • Plain rectangular shape
neo eclectic styles
Neo-Eclectic Styles
  • Arrived on housing scene in 1980’s
  • High  roofs with complex angles and shapes (cost 50% more than low-pitched roofs)
  • Multi storiestwo or three garages;
  • Away from street for expensive houses
  • Dark earthy colors in paints and stains rustic look,
neo eclectic styles continued
Neo-Eclectic Styles Continued
  • Inside vaulted and high ceilings (9 feet)
  • Open floor plan: kitchen, dining, and family areas together
  • Arts & craftsexterior (brackets under the eaves, field stones, stucco) and interior (natural wood beams, paneling, rustic elements)
  • Log cabin style (exterior and interior) reflecting the rustic theme (cost 10-15 percent more)
  • 19th century features: high ceilings, porches, steep gables, especially over windows
prairie houses
Prairie Houses
  • 2 stories
  • Broad hipped, or gabled roofs
  • Overhanging eaves
  • Casement Windows
  • Enclosed porches
  • Rectangular shape
queen anne houses
Queen Anne Houses
  • Steep gabled roofs decorated with half timbering or wooden relief decorations in the gable ends.  
  • Large corbelled chimneys
  • Many balconies
  • Vertical stained-glass windows
  • Huge porches numerous
  • Massive cut stone foundations
spanish colonial
Spanish Colonial
  • 1-2 stories
  • Spanish clay tile roofs with low pitch
  • Plain white stucco wallsoften with arched openings
  • Wooden beams
extended learning possibility
Extended Learning Possibility
  • Take a minimum of 8 pictures from area homes that depict the different styles found in this presentation.
  • Each picture must represent a different housing style or even combination of styles.
  • Note the city, style(s) and date of photo.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph about each noting the defining characteristics of that style of housing.
  • Bind in 3 hole binder with cover page or may do a power point.
  • Points possible 2 extended learning's or 50 points.
  • Extended learning forms are available on Dr. Baglien’s Web site under extended learning's- documents.
  • Extended learning's are due for extra credit points on June 8th.

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