I was born in Chicago, but celebrated my 6th birthday in Evanston, IL. where we moved to a Colonial Revival style home on the corner of Asbury Avenue and Lyons Street. This beautiful home is where I return when I remember the little girl I once was, my mother reading to me at the breakfast room table, my father in his basement workshop making furniture. Here we remain in the dust mots floating in the sunlight on the staircase. My passion for architecture began in this house in a neighborhood filed with a mired of styles, Victorian beauties in particular. The streets were canopied with stately Dutch Elms that guarded over the years I walked to and from school, eventually rode my bike, and the car I learned to drive. I brought my first born child home to his grandparents in this place.
We continue this series on architecture with a brief description of Colonial Revival – 1876-1955 – This style became popular when it was showcased at the 1876 US Centennial Exposition. It is very similar to the Georgian and Federal styles, with a symmetrical front elevation, that emphasizes the front entrance, with a portico (a covered porch supported by columns), and with fanlights, sidelights, and transom around a paneled front door. Windows tend to be multi-pane, and double hung, and are accented with shutters. Colonial Revival is a clear reaction to the lavish Victorian styles, and was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Influenced by the design of this home, to this day, I have a passion for architecture.
Identifying Colonial Revival Architecture
2 or 3 stories Symmetrical façades
Formal entrances: porticoes topped by a pediment
Paneled doors with sidelights, topped with transoms or fanlights Brick or wood siding
Simple, classical detailing
Gable roofs Pillars and columns
Multi-pane, double-hung windows with shutters
Center entry-hall floor plan