Architecture / Style / Spanish Colonial Revival

Chronology

  • 1915-1945 (Whiffen)
  • 1915-1940 (Blumenson)
  • 1915-1940 (Baker)

Description

The unique feature of the Spanish Colonial Revival style is the ornate low-relief carvings highlighting arches, columns, window surrounds and cornices and parapets. Red-tiled hipped roofs and arcaded porches also are typical. Stone or brick exterior walls often are left exposed or finished in plaster or stucco. Windows can be either straight or arched. Iron window grilles and balconies also may be used. A molded or arcaded cornice highlights the eaves. The facades of large buildings often are enriched with curvilinear and decorated parapets, cornice window heads, and symbolic bell tower (Blumenson, 9). Also known as: Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Mission, Spanish Revival, Spanish Territorial Architecture, The Mission Style.

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Sources Cited

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