Southern Colonial style in California

Southern Colonial Style

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The facade of a southern colonial building, including symmetrical sets of columns, moldings, and brick walkway.

“Southern Colonial” is an American architectural style which evolved in the Southern Colonies during the Colonial period. As a result of the growing wealth in the South during that time, the architecture aspired to the ideals of Greek Revival. It is defined by the Barron’s Real Estate Dictionary as ” a large, Early American style, 2- or 3-story frame house with a characteristic colonnade extending across the front. The roof extends over the colonnade.”

The Southern Colonial is typically set back a wider distance from the road to create a feeling of stately elegance.

The Georgetown building offers a great example of the Southern Colonial style of architecture in southern California, with a wide setback covered with grass, cut by a running brick walkway leading to wide, crown-molded double doors.

A main feature of the Southern Colonial is the placement of a long sequence of columns, numbering typically 4 to 6 columns, comprising a colonnade, borrowed from classical Greek design.

Numerous flags, especially historical American flags, hang elegantly from this colonial building.

The portico is another characteristic of the Southern Colonial. It is the front patio just behind the colonnade. The roof extends to cover the portico and connects the colonnade. In Mount Vernon, George Washington‘s home, the portico contains a row of wooden lounge chairs looking out towards the front lawn and beyond. In other examples, the portico can be used to house a series of flags hung from flagpoles diagonally projecting out from the front of the building.

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