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The colonial housing style is so ubiquitous in the United States; it has a

continuing influence on how we live in this country. My home — and perhaps


yours, too — finds its roots there. Dating back to the 1600's and prevalent
even today, the colonial style is synonymous with American style:

Colonial houses are, most simply, houses that were built during the colonial
period of our country's history. Sub-types include the Dutch Colonial, French
Colonial, Spanish Colonial, German Colonial, and New England Colonial
housing types. The style's variety (coming from the colonies that first
populated what would become America) clearly illustrates our country's
melting pot beginnings.

Characteristics of Colonial Style Architecture:


Some traits of the colonial style house include a square floorplan, symmetry, a
central stair and central entry door, rooms branching off of the central hall,
and straight rows of windows on first and second floors. The colonial style
permeates both urban and rural settings. Today, even, a loose interpretation
of the colonial revival style makes up the majority of the nation's housing stock,
echoing the original colonial style nearly 400 years after its beginnings. The
simple floorplan of old colonial houses makes them perfect candidates for
mixing with contemporary furnishings for a reinterpretation of the old.

Characteristics of Colonial Style Furnishings:


Colonial style furnishings at their earliest were simple and rustic, reflecting
the lifestyle of Americans as they populated a new nation.

Today, so much of our built environment and furnishings are influenced by


the Colonial Style that much goes unnoticed. But the style truly is the building
block from which our nation's aesthetic sprung.