Isaac Kremer/ January 19, 2019/ / 0 comments

Spanish architecture is comprised chiefly the adaptation and development of Renaissance architecture originating in Italy. When applied in Colonial America, Spanish Colonial was an architectural style best known by the simple adobe to imposing Baroque inspired missions of the Southwest. Domestic architecture was characterized by single story structures with flat or low pitched roofs, stucco covered stone or adobe brick walls, multiple doors, and sometimes verandas as well as courtyards (patios) with corridors (interior verandas). A Spanish Colonial Revival in the early 20th century featured 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.

 

Specific examples of Spanish architecture include:

A number features characteristic of Spanish architecture have the name Spanish in them: Spanish cedar, Spanish Clay tile, Spanish roofing tile, Spanish tile, Spanish motif, and Spanish Order for a Corinthian Order with abacus embellished with lion masks rather than by fleurons.

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Isaac Kremer is a transformative leader with a track record of success in downtown revitalization, placemaking, and supporting small businesses. He holds an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Economics and Management from Albion College.

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