Architecture / Style / Early Romanesque Revival

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Chronology

  • 1820-1860 (Whiffen)
  • 1840-1900 (Blumenson)
  • 1845-1875 (Roth)

Description

The monochromatic brick or stone Romanesque Revival building is highlighted by the semi-circular arch for window and door openings. The arch is used decoratively to enrich corbel tables along the eaves and belt or string courses making horizontal divisions. The archivolt or intrados of compound arches and the capitals of columns are carved with geometric medieval moldings. Facades are flanked by square or polygonal towers of differing heights and covered with various roof shapes (Blumenson, 43).

Some authors refer to a single “Romanesque Revival” and do not distinguish an early phase from a later phase. Other names used include Richardsonian Romanesque, Victorian Romanesque,

Variations

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Sources Cited

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