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Phoenix Architectural Style Guide to Historic Neighborhoods
Victorian Era 1885-1905
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Victorian Eclectic
From about 1860-1890, housing technology changed dramatically. Architects were no longer required to use heavy timber-frame construction. House plans were freed from traditional boxlike shapes creating new design possibilities. This is evidenced in these homes and the use of complex shapes such as turrets, spires, projecting bays, and complex roof shapes. Ornamental porch columns and woodwork, a variety of brick and stone textures and tall double-hung windows - often with leaded or stained glass - further distinguish this style.
Bungalow Era 1905-1925
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Classic Bungalow
These one story homes are square or rectangular with a large porch across the entire symmetrical facade. With brick upper walls and shingled gable ends (a wall terminating in a triangular shape under the eaves), the elements - trim, doors and tall, double-hung windows - are modest. Roofs are sometimes hipped )a roof with sloping ends and sides, with four sides usually meeting at a point) with a small, single dormer on the front facade.
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Craftsman Bungalow
Sometimes with an extra half story, the asymmetrical facade features a large front porch, pergola (an arbor or colonnade with open roof timbers) or porte cochere (an open-walled covered structure used as a passageway or parking area for carriage or automobile) supported by massive stone, brick, or wood pillars. The roof is a low-pitched with generally front facing gable ends. Native materials such as river rock was often used, and trim (timer trusses, brackets etc.) is exposed. Front "Chicago" windows (a central picture window with double-hung units on either side) are framed. Upper sashes are often broken up into smaller panes.
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California Bungalow
Usually one story with four to six rooms, features include low-to-medium-pitched gable roofs with decorative shingle work or stucco and ornamental wood vent screens in the upper gable ends, masonry and wood-columned porches offset from the center, one over one double-hung windows with multi-panel upper sashes, front picture windows and sidelights around the front door. Pergolas and porte cocheres are common and eaves often contain wood brackets or beams on a small scale.
Period Revival Era 1915-1940                              Spanish Colonial, Mediterranean and Related Revival Styles
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Mission Revival
Usually two stories with a rectangular plan and symmetrical facade, these homes feature hip roofs with tile, deep eaves and exposed rafters with ornamentally cut tails and/or flat roofs with parapet walls. Deep, arcaded front wrap-around porches and/or porte cochere, double-hung one-over-one windows, front doors with sidelights, sparse wall moldings and curvilinear parapet motifs in the center of major walls further distinguish this style.
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Spanish Colonial Revival
Encompassing modest detailing from several eras of Spanish and Mexican architecture, including applied terra-cotta, tile or cast concrete ornaments, these homes - generally one story - have a combination of low-pitched gable, shed and flat roofs. Other characteristics include small porches, smooth plastered walls and chimneys, Roman or semi-circular-arched arcades and door and window openings, tall, doulbe-hung windows, canvas awnings and decorative iron trim
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Monterey Revival
Generally two stories with one-story elements as well, these homes feature second story balconies with square wooden posts and heavy timber beams. The roofs are low pitched, usually gabled, sometimes hipped, with red tiles and stuccoed chimneys. Exterior walls are plastered in white or light colors (or sometimes painted brick) with second story walls possibly covered with wood siding. Plans are L-shaped or rectangular and ornamentation is sparse.
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Mediterranean Revival
Asymmetrical facades, irregular, large two-story plans and varied forms characterize this style. Features include polygonal or square towers and projecting bays and wings, elaborate and formal door openings, low-pitched red- tiled hip roofs, small-paned casement windows, porches with low stuccoed walls, smooth white plastered walls, and extensive decoration including plaster or cast concrete columns, pilasters, urns etc.
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Pueblo Revival
These one story homes are square or rectangular with a large porch across the entire symmetrical facade. With brick upper walls and shingled gable ends (a wall terminating in a triangular shape under the eaves), the elements - trim, doors and tall, double-hung windows - are modest. Roofs are sometimes hipped )a roof with sloping ends and sides, with four sides usually meeting at a point) with a small, single dormer on the front facade.
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Southwest Style
These one-story homes with flat stuccoed walls in light or earth tone colors are basically rectangular in plan with some variations. The roofs are a combination of flat and low-pitched gable with red tiles, scuppers and exposed roof beams. They may have a front porch, a vestibule or portals with round arches and generally unadorned. Windows are tall, one-over-ones with picture windows also being found
Period Revival Era 1915-1940                               English and French Revival Styles
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Tudor / Elizabethan Revival
Often featuring authentic English elements, these homes are characterized by multiple gables with very steep wood or slate shingle roofs - sometimes with shed or gable dormers. Other characteristics are flat-topped Tudor, Gothic or round-arched windows and door openings, leaded glass casement windows, high and/or massive chimneys and portals or vestibules rather than open porches. The walls may be brick, stone or plaster and feature half-timbering in the Elizabethan examples.
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Cotswold Revival
The roofs of these homes often undulate to appear wavelike, simulating the appearance of a thatched roof. Shingles bent to curve around the eaves are a distinguishing feature. Other features include a prominent, large chimney, casement windows with small panes, walls of several materials (stone, brick, stucco and half-timbering) and a small front porch or vestibule.
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Norman Revival
Inspired by provincial castles, these one-story homes feature round or square front towers, steeply pitched gable and/or hip wood shingle roofs, plain and light colored stucco walls, square or Tudor window and door openings, casement windows with small panes (sometimes leaded) and sparse, modest English adornment.
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English Cottage
With walls of massive, rusticated stone and sometimes combining brick and stucco, English Cottage style homes feature large chimneys of stone and brick, small-paned casement windows, medium-pitched gable roofs with occasional half-timbering in gables and square, round or segmented windows and door openings.
Period Revival Era 1915-1940                               American Colonial Revival Styles
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American Colonial Revival
A simple, boxlike one or two-story design with horizontal wood siding, stucco, wood shingles or painted brick, these homes often feature a front porch the full length of the house (or just the width of the main entry) with wood posts or columns. Other features include American Colonial door surrounds, six-over-six windows, small roof-top chimneys and Federal or Greek  revival trim at columns, cornices,  casings and door openings.
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Cape Cod Revival
Simple Colonial color schemes, walls of clapboard siding, small paned windows, small classically gabled front porches, wood-shingled roofs and brick-masonry roof-top chimneys all recall the New England origin of this style. Variations include walls of wood shingles, painted brick or stucco.
The Ranch Era 1935-1960
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Transitional / Early Ranch
Early Ranches feature an L-shaped plan, often with a small wood-columned porch over the entry, painted or unpainted brick wall and metal-framed windows with small panes. Corner windows were often used. The roofs are low-pitched gable or hop and often have asphalt shingles with horizontal wood siding at the gable ends.
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International Style
The unique International style features low, squared, geometric form with flat roofs and smooth stucco walls. Windows and door openings are also square. Windows have small panes and are often found at the corners of the building.
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Art Moderne
Differing from the International style in the use of curved lines, curved hoods or canopies are sometimes found over the entries. Glass block is often used, sometimes in curved windows.
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Other Ranches
Spanish Colonial, French Provincial and American Colonial Ranches all borrow decorative elements for effect, rather than incorporating the full range of features found in these styles.
   *Above information gathered from the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition

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