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Architectural Styles, Features, Components, an easy photo guide: How to recognize residential building architectural styles, roof shapes and styles, window types and systems.

Here we present a series of drawings and photographs to assist in recognition and naming of building architectural styles, roof shapes, window types, and other building features.

We also recognize that not every building fits a perfect textbook name or class, building are rarely constructed to a single pure architectural style. Rather, architectural elements are often mixed, mashed, and sometimes, like the house shown in our page top photo, lost entirely. Page top image courtesy Carson Dunlop Associates.

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A Quick Drawing & Photo Guide to Building Architectural Styles

Photograph of - simple errors like this missing downspout elbow and extension can lead to a flooded basement

After inspecting the FOUNDATION hidden below that structure where we saw some interesting foundatiion damage and bulging and a forest of attempts at reinforcement we named this building "country-collapsing style".

We left our beemer safely out of reach of this country-collapsing structure.

Below we provide a table of building architectural styles with links to drawings and photographs illustrating each.

Additional examples of architectural styles are at the links shown below

Photo & Sketches of Building Architectural Styles

Suffolk Resolves House Daniel Vose Milton MA (C) Daniel Friedman

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As the Georgian style Daniel Vose house (today called the Suffolk Resolves house) (1774) shows, in actual practice the architecture of even important, historic homes may be complicated than the archetype illustrations of architectural types below.

The Suffolk Resolves house was actually joined from two earlier homes, and later completely relocated to its present location in Milton MA.

Here is ANOTHER VIEW of this home from the rear right. Details including photographs of the home cut apart and being relocated are in MILTON Architecture.

The illustrations of building architectural types shown below are provided courtesy of Carson Dunlop Associates, a regular contributor to

Names of the architectural styles below may include a live link to additional photo examples of each style.

Early Classic Revival Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Greek Revival Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Georgian Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Adam Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Links in the text below display photographic examples of each architectural style of building.

Left to right [Click to enlarge any image] Early Classical Revival, Greek Revival, GEORGIAN ADAMS Style (First Bank of Hudson, Hudson NY 1809) Architecture

Colonial Revival Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Itallian Renaissance Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Italianate Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Gothic Revival Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Left to right (click to enlarge) Colonial Revival, ITALIAN RENAISSANCE (remuddled, Hudson NY), ITALIANATE (Hudson NY), GOTHIC-REVIVAL (Justin Morrill Smith Homestead, VT 1840) style architecture. Also see this simple COLONIAL style architecture (Hudson NY, described as "early Victorian" 1860).

Stick Style Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Queen Anne Style Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Queen Anne Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Shingle Style Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Left to right (click to enlarge) Stick style architecture, Queen Anne, Additional Queen Anne details, Shingle style architecture.

Also see this NEO-VICTORIAN home,1900 Poughkeepsie, NY, and this MID-VICTORIAN CAST IRON PANELS home, 1875, Hudson NY.

Tudor Style Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Prarie School Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Craftsman Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Salt Box Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Left to right (click to enlarge) Tudor style (also see TUDOR REVIVAL, Williams Faculty Apartments, Vassar College), PRARIE SCHOOLl (Vassar campus), CRAFTSMAN STYLE (Poughkeepsie NY) & Salt Box design architecture.

Modernistic Style Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates International School Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Spanish Colonial Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Mission Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates

Left to right (click to enlarge) MODERNISTIC architectural style (Vassar College campus), INTERNATIONAL STYLE architecture (example: Seeley G. Mudd Chemistry Building, Perry Dean Rogers, architect, Vassar College), Spanish Colonial, Mission architectural styles.

Cape Cod Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Saltbox Architecture (C) Carson Dunlop Associates Palladian architecture (C) Daniel Friedman Tudor revival architecture Williams Apartments (C) Daniel Friedman

Left to right (click to enlarge) CAPE COD (Poughkeepsie NY), Saltbox architectural style, PALLADIAN ARCHITECTURALstyle (Monticello, VA), Tudor Revival (Williams Faculty Apartments, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY)

See ROOFS & ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - Photo Guide for a table of roof shapes, pitches, and associated architectural styles

Also see this little SKETCH of ARCHITECTURAL STYLES [image file] that includes more examples some of the architectural styles above and adds the Mansardic style

At Field Guides to North American House Architecture we list (and you can buy at Amazon) books we have found particularly helpful in identifying architectural styles, including: as this more extensive list of architectural styles: Folk Houses, Native American Houses (U.S.), Pre-Railroad houses, National Architectural Styles (U.S.), Colonial Houses (1600-1820), Postmedieval English, Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Georgian, Adam, Early Classical Revival, Romantic Houses (1820-1880), Greek Revival style architecture, Gothic Revival style architecture, Italianate style architecture, Exotic Revivals style architecture, Octagon houses, Victorian style architecture Houses (1860-1900), Second Empire style architecture, Stick style architecture, Queen Anne style architecture, Shingle style architecture, Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture, Folk Victorian style architecture, Eclectic Houses (1880-1940), Anglo-American style architecture, English style architecture, and French Period Houses, Colonial Revival style architecture, Neoclassical style architecture, Tudor style architecture, Chateauesque style architecture, Beaux Arts style architecture, French Eclectic style architecture, Mediterranean Period Houses style architecture, Italian Renaissance style architecture, Mission style architecture, Spanish Eclectic style architecture, Monterey style architecture, Pueblo Revival style architecture, Modern Houses including Prairie style architecture, Craftsman style architecture, Modernistic style architecture, International style architecture, and American Houses Since 1940: Modern style architecture & Neoeclectic style architecture as well as unusual houses such as Mongolian Cloud (photo, Kuehn) houses and Underground Houses (photo, Roy).

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