THE ECLECTIC PERIOD 1890-1940.
This dominant style of domestic building was used for a large proportion of early 20th century suburban houses throughout the country. It was particularly fashionable during the 1920s and early 1930s when only the Colonial Revival rivaled it in popularity. The style quickly faded from fashion in the late ’30s but has become popular in somewhat modified form during the Neo-eclectic movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
The popular name for the style is historically imprecise, as relatively few examples closely mimic the architectural characteristics of Tudor (early 16th century England). Instead, the style is loosely based on a variety of late Medieval English prototypes, ranging from thatched-roof folk cottages to grand manor houses. These traditions are freely mixed in their American Eclectic expressions but are united by an emphasis on steeply pitched, front-facing gables which, although absent on many English prototypes, are almost universally present as a
dominant façade element in Tudor houses.
Excerpted from A Field Guide to American Houses, Virginia and
Lee McAlester, Alfred Knopf, New York, © 2000.
- Vertical orientation of surface material
- Tall, narrow windows
- Blended trim boards
- Trim to match the home's detailing
- Curve top appearance if applicable
- Batten doors
- One or more windows
- Occasional strap hinges
- Not commonly used with this style