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Architectural Style Cheat Sheet

Use this guide to learn the distinctive architectural features of these popular American home styles.

Cape Cod Cape Cods date back to the 1600s but were especially popular in the 1930s. Originally one-story homes, Cape Cods can be recognized by their steep roofs, dormer windows, and square or rectangular shapes.

Victorian Ornate details such as curved towers, spindled porches and elaborate color schemes define Victorian homes. Originating in the 19th century, these houses feature asymmetrical facades, large bay windows, steeply pitched roofs, and full or partial front porches.

Bungalow Bungalows began in California in the 1880s as an alternative to the Victorian style. Narrow and rectangular, these homes became popular in the Midwest and feature low-gabled or hipped roofs, small covered porches and little ornamentation.

Tudor Loosely based on medieval English homes, Tudors are easily recognized by their decorative half-timbering and prominent cross-gable roofing. Tudors were especially popular in the '20s and '30s and also feature arched doorways, narrow windows, and patterned brick or stone.

Colonial Traditional Colonials are stately two-story homes distinguished by their rectangular shape, flat fronts and symmetrical double-hung windows, which are often framed by black shutters. Dating back to 1876, Colonials are one of the most popular styles in the U.S.

Craftsman Rising to popularity at the turn of the 20th century, Craftsman homes have clean lines, low-pitched roofs and front porches supported by tapered square columns. Also known as the "California Bungalow," these homes feature warm colors, natural materials and lots of interior woodwork such as built-in bookshelves and seating.

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