Architectural styles

By Zalian Hning and Jacob Parker

Mediterranean Style

Mostly found near coastal areas, the Mediterranean design became popular around the 19th century. The Mediterranean house plan is defined by an open style with large exterior windows, a low-pitched, tiled roof, and stucco and brick siding. This openness hearkens toward pleasant weather, making the Mediterranean house plan a favorite for warm climate locations.
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  • Low pitched roofs
  • White painted walls
  • Large heavy wooden doors
  • Arches
  • High ceilings
  • Red tile roofs
  • Balconies
  • Lime covered kitchen walls

Pueblo Style

Mostly founded in the southwest regions in the U.S., it began with a revival around 1912 to 1940. Adobe style, also known as Pueblo Revival, is characterized by massive stucco walls with rounded edges and exposed timber beams and supports. The overall effect is one of a rustic home in which the walls have been molded and the timbers hewn by hand. Adobe house plans are typically one or two stories; upper stories may be set back like the pueblos of their ancestors. The thickness of the walls is evident in the deep-set windows, which are often framed by wooden lintels. The walls typically rise higher than the roof, which is supported by wooden beams whose ends extend through the wall. The beam ends are called vigas and are a characteristic feature of Adobe home designs. Rough-hewn timbers may also show up as porch columns inside or outside of the home.
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  • Flat roofs
  • stepped back roof-lines
  • Earthy materials (adobe/stucco)
  • Rows of vigas
  • irregular parapets
  • rounded edges
  • casement windows
  • enclosed courtyards

Common Features

  • Earthy materials, (adobe, stucco)
  • Smooth walls
  • Found near warmer climates
  • Some Pueblo houses have clay tile roofs like the Mediterranean houses

Comparison Statement

With multiple characteristics that each style has, they have very different styles. The Mediterranean style is more open while the Pueblo style is enclosed that as very little openings. We think that we would prefer the Mediterranean style more since it's more friendly towards warmer weather and more open, with capability of more designs within the style itself while the Pueblo style is more confined to a certain design.

Zalian Hning and Jacob Parker