Architectural style: Tudor

19 06 2008

It occurred to us while driving around the city of Saint Paul looking at houses, just how many styles of architecture are evident on any city block. From bungalows to mission style to modern, the architectural styles of many neighborhoods are as unique as its inhabitants. We often hear reference of these architectural styles, but where did they originate? How can you tell the difference? In an effort to provide free real estate knowledge, we’ve done a bit of research.

Tudor style in architecture is the final development of medieval architecture during the Tudor period (1485–1603). The name Tudor suggests that these houses were built in the 1500s, during the Tudor Dynasty in England, but of course, Tudor houses in the United States are modern-day re-inventions and are more accurately called Tudor Revival or Medieval Revival. Some Tudor Revival houses mimic humble Medieval cottages while others suggest Medieval palaces.

Tudor style buildings have a number of unique features that make them easy to recognize. These features include a steeply pitched roof, large chimney, decorative half-timbering, and very tall, narrow windows often with very small window panes. In the United States, Tudor styling takes on a variety of forms ranging from elaborate mansions to modest suburban homes with mock masonry veneers. The style became enormously popular in the 1920s and 1930s.