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STYLE - A Definition
Style is the combination of distinctive features of artistic expression, execution, or performance characterizing a particular person, group, school, or era.
This Architextures section doesn't presume to discuss architectural style in any broad academic sense, just to give you insight into the styles that were in vogue when the M-Street Area was being developed.
Most of the neighborhoods in the M-Street Area were built between 1900 and 1970, resulting in a characteristic "look" that many home buyers find appealing because of its invocation of bygone times. The result of this appeal has been a remarkable resurgence in demand for this close-in neighborhood during the past four decades.
Craftsman Bungalows (1906-1925)
Craftsman Homes expressed a movement toward a simpler architecture following the excesses of the Victorian era. Fancy carved brackets and finials and other fussy ornamental details were shunned in favor of exposed rafter tails and prominent knee brackets.
THE Prairie School (1895-1920)
The Prairie School of Architecture is a term invented by architectural scholars. It refers to the new style of homes developed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects in the midwestern United States in the first two decades of the Twentieth Century.
Tudor Style (1900-1940)
Tudor Style use decorative details like high-pitched roofs and false half-timbering to evoke the medieval homes built in England during the 1500s.
Mediterranean Revival Styles (1915-1940)
Mediterranean Revival is a style with many variants taking their inspiration from structures built in the 1600s and 1700s in Spain, Mexico, and other Latin countries.
Colonial Revival Styles (1876-1950)
Colonial Revival style grew in popularity afer the Centennial Exposition of 1876. This Philadelphia-based exhibition sparked renewed interest in the designs of the early Republic. The final years of the Victorian era saw many homes built which were considered to be inspired by Colonial American antecedents.
Post-War Homes (1945-1968)
After World War II suburban Americans wanted their homes to look streamlined and uncluttered, with few stylistic references to the past. There was a tremendous burst of pent-up demand for housing of all sorts, as hundreds of thousands of young veterans came home, married their sweethearts, and began looking for a place to live.