History of American Home Styles — From Colonial to Modern Industrial
When we look at the history of American architecture, we begin to notice a story being told of an ever-evolving country and the many cultures that are a part of it. Since the colonial era, American architecture has experienced transformations due to industrial advances, art revolutions, and a growing concern for the environment.
Colonial Era Gave Us The Cabin
Gothics, Greeks, & Victorians
The 1800s was a time of constant change in the realm of architecture. From Greek and Gothic revival homes to folk Victorian homes styles, the industrial revolution granted builders the opportunity to construct homes with machine-cut wood and give simple cottages more elaborate, decorative exteriors.
The Arts and Crafts Movement started in England at the end of the 19th century and made its way to the U.S. This movement encouraged builders to construct homes using handcrafted materials from natural resources rather than machine-made materials. This style of home was therefore called the “Craftsman Home.” These simple homes typically featured a low-pitched roof and windows with vertical panes.