Colonial Revival House - Kennedy P

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Colonial Revival House

The Colonial House Style is one of the most classical style of houses. These houses are usually 1 - 2 stories or more. They usually have a rectangular frame, medium pitched with side-gabled roof with narrow eaves. The entrance is designed with columns, pilasters, pediment and sometimes have a hooded porch. Brick or wood clapboard is used for siding, but shingle is occasionally used. Most of the Colonial Revival houses have a symmetrical frame.

Background of the Colonial Revival House

The Colonial Revival Style house was most common in the 19th century (1880 - 1945) . This style of housing was expressed almost everywhere. The reason why these houses are still being built today is because of its timeless design. Most of these homes were built by early English and Dutch settlers. Some settlers come to America for money, others came for religious freedom. In the early days of the colonial period, settlers were unaware of how to live in the wilderness and they faced many issues.

Materials used for building:

Some of the building materials that were available to use were:

- Brick

- Stone

- Wood Shingles

- Clapboard

- Slate

- Stucco (sometimes)

- Terracotta Panels (sometimes

- Colored Block

- Paints

What was life like in the Colonial Period:

- People learned how to live in the wilderness through trial and error

- Most people worked, played, learned and worshipped at home

- Women worked in the home, raising the children, preparing the meals, sewing clothes, preserving food for the winter, scrubbing the laundry, fetching water and stoking fires

- Colonial children never saw the outside world, instead they were busy learning about the adult world - doing things the way their parents did them

- By the time kids reach age 14, they were considered adults

- Women usually wore a brunswick, cap, cape, caraco and a cloak

- The first wooden floors in Colonial America were wide, thick plank cut from the continent's old-growth fast

- The wide floorboards were butted together on installation, gaps would open up between them in temperature due to humidity

- Decorative detailing was used in these houses