Architecture / Style (NPS)

The National Register Bulletin titled “How to Complete the National Register Registration Form” provides guidance on categories and style names used for architectural classification. The list was adapted from American Architecture Since 1780: A Guide to Architectural Styles by Marcus Whiffen; Identifying American Architecture by John J.G. Blumenson; What Style Is It? by John Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers, and Nancy B. Schwartz; and A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia and Lee McAlester. The categories appearing in capital letters in the far left column, relate to the general stylistic periods of American architecture. The subcategories, appearing in the indented left column, relate to the specific styles or stylistic influences that occurred in each period. The right column list other commonly used terms. The Bulletin directs people to select the categories or subcategories that most closely relate to the period and stylistic character of the property while discouraging use of Other Stylistic Terminology which is not to be used when completing forms for inclusion on the National Register.

CATEGORY SUBCATEGORY OTHER STYLISTIC TERMINOLOGY
NO STYLE    
COLONIAL French Colonial  
  Spanish Colonial Mexican Baroque
  Dutch Colonial Flemish Colonial  
  Postmedieval English English Gothic; Elizabethan; Tudor;Jacobean or Jacobethan; New England Colonial; Southern Colonial
  Georgian       
EARLY REPUBLIC Early Classical Revival Jeffersonian Classicism; Roman Republican; Roman Revival; Roman Villa; Monumental Classicism; Regency
  Federal Adams or Adamesque
MID-19TH CENTURY   Early Romanesque Revival
  Greek Revival  
  Gothic Revival Early Gothic Revival
  Italian Villa  
  Exotic Revival Egyptian Revival; Moorish Revival  
  Octagon Mode  
LATE VICTORIAN Victorian or High Victorian Eclectic
  Gothic   High Victorian Gothic; Second Gothic Revival
  Italianate Victorian or High Victorian Italianate
  Second Empire Mansard
  Queen Anne Queen Anne Revival; Queen Anne-Eastlake
  Stick/Eastlake Eastern Stick; High Victorian Eastlake
  Shingle Style  
  Romanesque Romanesque Revival; Richardsonian Romanesque
  Renaissance Renaissance Revival; Romano-Tuscan Mode; North Italian or Italian Renaissance; French Renaissance; Second Renaissance Revival
LATE 19TH & 20TH CENTURY REVIVALS Beaux Arts Beaux Arts Classicism
  Colonial Revival Georgian Revival
  Classical Revival Neo-Classical Revival  
  Tudor Revival  Jacobean or Jacobethan Revival; Elizabethan Revival  
  Late Gothic Revival Collegiate Gothic
  Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival Spanish Revival; Mediterranean Revival  
  Italian Renaissance  
  French Renaissance  
  Pueblo  
LATE 19TH & EARLY 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN MOVEMENTS   Sullivanesque
  Prairie School   
  Commercial Style  
  Chicago  
  Skyscraper  
  Bungalow/Craftsman    Western Stick; Bungaloid
MODERN MOVEMENT   New Formalism; Neo-Expressionism; Brutalism; California Style or Ranch Style; Post-Modern; Wrightian
  Moderne Modernistic; Streamlined Moderne; Art Moderne
  International Style Miesian
  Art Deco  
OTHER    
MIXED More than three styles from different periods (for a building only)