banner search whats new site index home

American Foursquare — popular 1890-1930

Johnston-Felton-Hay House (Hay House) ca. 1857, Gerogia Avenue, Macon, GA

Photo: The John and Elvira Doud House (Denver Square), ca. 1905, located at 750 Lafayette Street in Denver, Colorado. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Photograph by user: Jeffrey Beall, own work, 2009, [] via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2013.

The American Foursquare was a popular mail order style built in large numbers across the United States. The design is space-efficient and most often built on narrow lots making it economical for the middle-class budget. These houses are nearly always square. Four Square (or Box Prairie) houses are considered a subtype or close relative of the Prairie style.

Identifying features include:

  • Square box shape
  • 2 1/2 stories on a full basement
  • Three square rooms and an entrance hall on the first floor and four square rooms on the second floor
  • Low hipped or pyramidal roof
  • Wide roof overhangs with exposed rafter tails or decorative beams or braces under the gables
  • Centered dormer in an unfinished attic with a roof line that mirrors main roof
  • Full width porch with wide stairs and low hipped roof; sometimes the porch wraps around the house
  • Style features and flourishes from a range of other architectural styles may be applied
  • Built on narrow lots
  • Some with centered doors with equal groupings of windows on either side
  • Those with off-centered doors have upper story symmetrical windows
  • Front entrance is a focal point of the exterior
  • Entrances with transoms and sidelights
  • Most often wood exteriors, but sometimes built of brick, brick or concrete block, or stucco
  • Double-hung sash windows may or may not have a patterned upper sash
  • Belt course just below second story windows separating the different building materials used for the first and second floors; for instance, concrete blocks below and stucco above

Some locations with references to American Foursquare style homes:

  1. Academy Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Greensburg City, Westmoreland County PA
  2. Academy Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Stroudsburg Boro, Monroe County PA
  3. Arthur-Leonard Historic District, c. , (Historic), Liberty City, Clay County MO
  4. Athens Historic District, c. 1786, (Historic), Athens Boro, Bradford County PA
  5. Ballentine Place Historic District, c. 1909, (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  6. Barton Heights, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  7. Beaver Historic District, c. , (Historic), Beaver Boro, Beaver County PA
  8. Boylan Heights, c. , (Historic), Raleigh City, Wake County NC
  9. Bridgewater Historic District, c. 1818, (Historic), Bridgewater Boro, Beaver County PA
  10. Broad Avenue Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Altoona City, Blair County PA
  11. Brownsville Northside Historic District, c. , (Historic), Brownsville Boro, Fayette County PA
  12. Chestnut Hill-Plateau Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  13. Clinton Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Albany City, Albany County NY
  14. Colonial Place, c. 1903, (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  15. Columbia Historic District, c. , (Historic), Columbia Boro, Lancaster County PA
  16. Dougherty-Prospect Heights Historic District, c. , (Historic), Liberty City, Clay County MO
  17. East Park Historic District, c. 1908, (Historic), Greenville City, Greenville County SC
  18. Elmwood Park Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Columbia City, Richland County SC
  19. Ginter Park Terrace, c. 1913, (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  20. Hanover Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hanover Boro, York County PA
  21. Highland Park Historic District, c. 1900, (Historic), Lafayette City, Tippecanoe County IN
  22. Highland Park Plaza, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  23. Hilltop Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lafayette City, Tippecanoe County IN
  24. Hudson Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson City, Columbia County NY
  25. Jewell-Lightburne Historic District, c. , (Historic), Liberty City, Clay County MO
  26. Lansdowne Park, c. 1890, (Historic), Lansdowne Boro, Delaware County PA
  27. Lewisburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lewisburg Boro, Union County PA
  28. Llyswen, c. 1894, (Historic), Altoona City, Blair County PA
  29. Manheim Borough Historic District, c. , (Historic), Manheim Boro, Lancaster County PA
  30. McConnellsburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), McConnellsburg Boro, Fulton County PA
  31. Milton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Milton Boro, Northumberland County PA
  32. Monument Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  33. Mount Union Historic District, c. , (Historic), Mount Union Boro, Huntingdon County PA
  34. Newport Historic District, c. , (Historic), Newport Boro, Perry County PA
  35. North Side Historic District, c. , (Historic), Oil City, Venango County PA
  36. Northwest York Historic District, c. , (Historic), York City, York County PA
  37. Oak Park, c. 1952, (Singles), Hatfield Twp, Montgomery County PA
  38. Patton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Patton Boro, Cambria County PA
  39. Pettigru Street Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Greenville City, Greenville County SC
  40. Philippi Historic District, c. , (Historic), Philippi City, Barbour County WV
  41. Pleasureville Historic District, c. , (Historic), Springettsbury Twp, York County PA
  42. Portage Historic District, c. , (Historic), Portage Boro, Cambria County PA
  43. Queen Anne Historic District, c. , (Historic), Reading City, Berks County PA
  44. Ridgway Historic District, c. , (Historic), Ridgway Boro, Elk County PA
  45. Ripley Historic District, c. , (Historic), Ripley City, Jackson County WV
  46. Rivermont Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lynchburg City, Independent Cities VA
  47. Riverview, c. , (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  48. Roaring Spring Historic District, c. , (Historic), Roaring Spring Boro, Blair County PA
  49. Rossman-Prospect Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson City, Columbia County NY
  50. Rucker Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Everett_City, Snohomish County WA
  51. South Side Historic District, c. , (Historic), Oil City, Venango County PA
  52. Stoystown Historic District, c. , (Historic), Stoystown Boro, Somerset County PA
  53. Sugartown Historic District, c. , (Historic), Willistown Twp, Chester County PA
  54. Tamaqua Historic District, c. 1831, (Historic), Tamaqua Boro, Schuylkill County PA
  55. Tunkhannock Historic District, c. , (Historic), Tunkhannock Boro, Wyoming County PA
  56. Warren Historic District, c. , (Historic), Warren City, Warren County PA
  57. Waverly Historic District, c. 1825, (Historic), Abington Twp, Lackawanna County PA
  58. Wellsboro Historic District, c. , (Historic), Wellsboro Boro, Tioga County PA
  59. Winona Historic District, c. , (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  60. Wycombe, c. 1895, (Historic), Buckingham Twp, Bucks County PA

Living Places information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. • Copyright © 1997-2016
The Gombach Group • 215-295-6555 •