Week 8 & 9, Different Architectural styles found in the St. Louis area

The Federal and French Provincial architectural styles

Guide to Residential Architectural Styles

By Diane Eddy-Low, Realtor with Hermann London Group, Maplewood.

Have you ever wondered what architectural style your house fits into or, while out and about, you come across a building or home you like but have a hard time correctly describing it? Well, every house or building has a style. Sometimes it has more than one because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes or the original architect combined styles for their Clients wants or needs.

Over the next few weeks I will blog about one specific style until we get through all 24! I can be reached for any questions at dianeeddylow@gmail.com 314-602-7174

Since Real Estate has been so busy I am behind with my blog and I do appologize. Sooo I am doing 2 this week to make up for being behind!

Week 8 The Federal

The Federal style was born from the architectural styles of the Greek revival and the Georgian but much more simplified. It has a flat and smooth façade and rarely uses pilasters and has symmetrical windows and is always two or more stories in height. Many Federal style homes have an arched Palladian* window above the front door with sidelights. You may also see some influences of the Greek and Georgian architectural styles. There are many Federal style houses and businesses in the older sections of downtown St. Louis. They are tall and narrow, often made of brick with chimneys on both sides with the flat façade, symmetrical windows with shutters.

Week 9 The French Provincial

The French Provincial design originated from the rural manor homes and chateaus built by the nobles in the mid-1600’s in France and became popular in America in the 1920’s and again in the 1960’s. It is still used in modern architectural styles in the St. Louis area.

The defining features of this formal style home include a steep, high, hip roof and symmetry that is perfectly balanced as seen in the window and chimney placement. These homes are usually built of brick with the use of a slate or slate look roof with details of copper usually in the gutters and down spouts. Second-story windows usually have an arched curved head that breaks through the cornice*.

Next Friday's blog will be the Gorgian

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