Tudor Revival

Based on English domestic architecture from the 1500s and 1600s, Tudor Revival gained great popularity as a residential style in America during the early 20th century (1890-1940). It can be found in such Chicago community areas as Beverly, Forest Glen and South Shore.

Tudor Revival

Common characteristics are:

  • Steeply pitched gable roofs
  • Use of stucco, particularly in ends of gables
  • Rounded bays and turrets
  • Irregular massing
  • Decorative half-timbering
  • Tall, narrow windows
  • Small window panes
  • Massive chimneys, often topped with decorative chimney pots

With heavy chimneys and decorative half-timbering, Tudor revival houses have a decidedly medieval flavor.

The name Tudor suggests that these houses imitate English architecture from the early 16th century. However, most Tudor style homes were inspired by building techniques from an earlier time. Some Tudor houses mimic humble Medieval cottages — They may even include a false thatched roof. Other Tudor homes borrow ideas from late Medieval palaces. They may have overlapping gables, parapets, and beautifully patterned brick or stonework.

Tudor style houses often feature striking decorative timbers. These timbers hint at Medieval building techniques. In Medieval houses, the timber framing was integral with the structure. Modern Tudor houses, however, merely suggest the structural framework with false half-timbering. This decorative woodwork comes in many different designs, with stucco or patterned brick between the timbers.


Sources: About.com, ARCHITECTURAL STYLES of AMERICA, Chicago Landmarks.В 

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