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Spanish Eclectic – popular 1915-1940

House at 1829 North Hills Boulevard, ca. 1927, Knoxville, TN, National Register

Photo: House at 1829 North Hills Boulevard, ca. 1927, Knoxville, TN. The Historic District was on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 as the Knoxville/Knox Multiple Property Submission. Photographed by User:Brian Stansberry (own work), 2013, [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed June, 2014.

The Spanish Eclectic style is also known as Spanish Colonial and/or Spanish Colonial Revival

With the Panama-California Exposition held in 1915, Spanish Colonial architecture received wider attention. The post-1915 examples strayed from the previous Mission interpretations by emphasizing the richness of Spanish precedents in Latin America. Spanish Eclectic style houses usually have low-pitched roofs with little or no eave overhang and are clad with terra cotta or clay tile. Often there are one or more prominent arches, placed above a door or principal window, with a stucco wall surface. High-style examples normally have elaborate chimney tops and balconies with wood or iron railings.

  1. Students and Faculty, Cornell University Historic Preservation Planning Program, Historic Resources Survey Report, Scottholm Tract, Syracuse, NY, 2010,, accessed June, 2014.
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