Architecture Style Guide for your Family Home – Period Colonial

May 10, 2017 WorldMaster




Period styles reflect the culture of a country in a time. Period styles can also reflect the different ways of blending with a new culture in the case of Colonies. This is the second article about Period Group of Architecture Styles.


The styles are grouped together according to the styles that have close relationships. For navigation, you can use the groups below and read the previous posts on other Architecture Styles.


1. American Style Architecture
2. Classical Styles
3. Period Styles
4. Historical Decorative Styles


The Colonial Period Group of Architecture Styles.
This will be the second post on Period Styles. While the previous post focus on the early development in the Empire countries, this post will center on latter Period styles including those developed during the Age of Imperialism in the 1700s and the change of tastes in the home country.


Revival Period
Revivalist Architecture Styles use previous architecture styles as an inspiration at a time after the popularity of the style, which could range from Decades to Centuries when the styles were in vogue. The Revivals will be discussed in detail in the additional styles post.





Colonial Styles
Colonial Styles are styles that developed in a empire’s colony, modifying and often simplifying the elements of the architecture of the mother colony. A hybrid design is created from the synthesized architecture of the colonizer and the design characteristics of their new lands. The styles are named according to the mother country and the colony, for example, Spanish Colonial Architecture in the Philippines.





Eclectic Period Sytle
Eclecticism is a 19th and 20th Century Architectural style where a building or structure incorporates a mix of elements from different historical styles to create the new style. Many elements can be used like historical ornaments, furniture, decorative, traditional or cultural motifs and structural systems. The elements are then blended or altered to fit the aesthetically match the new structure.






Regency Period
The Regency style developed simultaneously in different countries. The Regency style is identified with England in George IV’s rule as Prince “Regent”, hence the Regency style. The style is characterized by a terrace above an entry doorway flanked by two columns, wrought iron balconies, bow windows, and a façade covered with white paint stucco. The interior’s distinct feature include a vertically striped wallpaper.





In France, Regency is known as the French Empire Style. In Germany and her colonies, it is called the Biedermeier style and the Federal Style in the United States.


Mission Revival Period
The Mission Revival Style was an architectural revival movement during the 19th Century that drew inspiration from the Spanish Colonial Architecture during the missions to spread Christianity among the local Native Americans in the California region. The style evokes a strong contrast of white walls and arched corridors.







As the British and the Spanish hold the largest colonies, they have taken their architecture and adopted these to local styles. The result is a fusion of Spanish Mediterranean and local interpretations which adds interest to the old style, including functionality considering the weather and climate conditions.


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