MAKE A STATEMENT: Global Architecture Styles
From towering castles to modern masterpieces, global construction has impacted how we view architecture today. Many architecture styles that are popular in the U.S. draw inspiration from buildings in Italy, Greece and many more countries around the world. Take a look at a few of these architecture styles for new look at luxury living.
Beginning in England as a reaction to the formalism style which dominated nineteenth-century architecture, the Italianate style was originally drawn from Italy’s farmhouses which were traditionally built of masonry. The style is defined by flat roofs, angled bay windows and balconies with wrought-iron railings. In the 1840s – 1890s the style spread to the United States where it was slightly modified to appease the tastes of Americans.
Popular in Northern Europe and in the U.S., the Greek revival style gained popularity from 1825 – 1860 and was prevalent in the U.S. until the Civil War. Overtime, this style of architecture became “the national style” and many important buildings such as churches, banks, town halls and houses were built in this style. One of the first Greek Revival buildings in the U.S. was the Second Bank of the United States which was built in Philadelphia between 1818 and 1824.
These homes are based on the style of 16th century French mansions and castles and they often make a bold statement in any setting. Popularized in America between 1880 – 1910, chateau style homes often have a distinctive, steeply pitched roof and sometimes host tall chimneys and limestone exteriors. These homes are often known for their heavy masonry construction and elaborate stone decorations.
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