Tudor Revival 1910 - 1940
Tudor Revival houses come in various sizes from one-and-a-half story cottages
to two-and-a-half story mansions. The style is easily identified by its
characteristic half-timbering, a decorative treatment that appears to
expose structural elements. The spaces between the timbers are nogged
(filled in) with stone or brick, and usually stuccoed, but sometimes
left exposed. Houses may be a combination of brick, rubble stone, and
half-timbering. Steeply pitched roofs have intersecting gables and
dormer windows. Casement windows (hinged at the sides to open outward)
or double hung windows are multi-paned, often with diamond shaped panes.
Also characteristic are irregular plans, slate or terra cotta tile
roofs, and massive, decorative brick chimneys.
Tudor Revival was
based on 17th-century Elizabethan architecture in England, revived by
English architect Richard Norman Shaw in the 1880s. Elements of the
style first appeared in this country on houses of Queen Anne form. When
Tudor Revival finally emerged as a style of its own, its houses
resembled a type of English country cottage. Popularized in builders'
guides, it can be seen in abundance throughout the country.
The style was one of the most popular of early 20th-century styles in
Cincinnati. Often, entire streets are lined with Tudor Revival houses.
Clifton, Mount Lookout, and Hyde Park are among neighborhoods that have a
large number of Tudor Revival houses.
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