Colonial Revival style homes were extremely popular from 1900 to 1950. After the first centennial of the American Revolution in 1876, a new awareness of traditional architectural forms appeared across the US. From 1920 until mid-century, this architectural style with its variants was the most popular home style in the US. With its simple elegant lines and traditional form, it continues to be one of America’s favorite house styles.
Its popularity stems from its traditional American roots and the flexibility of style. The New England version provides the style derived from the Georgian and Adam architecture of the late 1700s as well as offering uniquely American variations like the salt box and Cape Cod. Others types include the Dutch Colonial with its characteristic gambrel roof and the Four Square.
Colonial Revivals typically have a rectangular footprint and may be one, one-and-a-half, or two stories. They may have either a hipped or gabled roof with a medium pitch. The façade is generally symmetrical which gives it formality and balance. Double-hung, multi-paned windows are arranged symmetrically, frequently in pairs. The front door is centered and accentuated with a combination of pediment, pilasters, columns, fanlight, or sidelights.
White was the preferred color for many homes with trim in green, black, or other dark hues.
Some Examples of Colonial Revival Houses at the Bay
(Past and Present)
406 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 26
"Le Marin" also known as "McDonald House" Ca. 1890 with some Colonial Revival details and added dormers. 1½-story 7x4bay house with gable roof and clapboard siding. Undercut gallery supported on paired posts with lattice. Central entrance with double-leaf doors and 2 secondary entrances. This house survived Katrina but has not been restored as of December 2007.
408 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 25
Ca. 1900 Colonial Revival. 1½-story 5x7-bay frame house with gable-on-hip roof and hip-roofed side dormers. Shiplap siding. Balustred balcony. Undercut gallery. Central entrance with transom and sidelights. This house survived Katrina and is being restored - December 2007.
410 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 24
Ca. ____. Colonial revival. 1½-story 3x2-bay frame house with central entrance flanked by large windows. Gable roof with gable-roofed central dormer. This house survived Katrina in 2005 and was completely restored in 2007.
600 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 19
Ca. 1925. Colonial Revival. 2-story 5x2-bay gable-roofed stucco house with central entrance and 1-story projecting porch. Casement windows. Lattice betweren columns. Survived Katrina and was immediately restored.
612 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 15
Ca. 1910. Colonial Revival. 1 ½-story 3x4-bay house. Hip-roofed dormers. Brick veneer first floor. This house survived Katrina and was immediately restored.
222 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 48
Our Lady's Academy. Ca. 1930. Colonial Revival. 2-story 7x7-bay brick building with large round-arched windows on the front and side façades. Rectangular panels with patterned brick and elaborate ventilator grates in frieze area. Some double-leaf doors. This building was demolished following Camile.
904 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 76
Ca. 1890. Colonial Revival. 1-story 5x2-bay frame dwelling with undercut gallery. 3 doors and 2 sets of paired windows on the front elevation. 2 hooded dormers with decorated pediments.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)
107 Court Street
National Register # 368
Ca. 1935. Colonial Revival. 2-story 3x2-bay gable-roofed house with central entrance. Balustrade above entrance portico. Paired windows.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)