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Tudor Style Architecture
popular 1890-1940


Tudor style architecture was derived from English architecture during the Tudor period (1485-1558). In the United States, the Tudor style with an asymmetrical design showcases a medieval presence combined with several other style features. Tudor homes were meant to look quite different from the standard type architectural designs. Tudors were first built for the wealthy, but in later years the style became extremely popular with more modest versions being constructed in communities across the United States.

This style is typically identified by a steeply pitched roof which is usually side-gabled, parapeted gables, and decorative half-timbering combined with stucco, brick or stone exterior walls. A defining characteristic is the detailed doorway with a low elliptical or pointed arch called a four-centered arch (also known as the Tudor arch). Other features include projecting oriel window bays, groups of tall narrow windows with multi-pane glazing, and large leaded glass windows detailed with stone mullions, transoms and the Tudor arch. Large chimneys, often crowned with decorative chimney pots, contribute to the Medieval presence.

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