Colonial Revival homes originated during the centennial of the United States. Architects looked to their architectural precedence in the United States, closely examining and researching examples of English, French, and Dutch Colonial homes as well as Federal, Georgian and Adamesque. The style freely mixes components of all historical styles to create a truly unique interpretation that is Colonial Revival. At the turn of the century, it became fashionable to closely match particular types of Colonial architecture, especially Georgian. Homes were proportioned and detailed in an attempt to replicate the colonial predecessors, however the finished home still mixed components revealing its age.

Primary Stylistic Features
  • Accentuated front door.
  • Elaborate entrances.
  • Symmetrical façade.
  • Multi-pane double hung wood windows.
  • Columned porch or portico.
  • Side gable, gambrel or hip roof.
  • Paired or triple windows.
  • Dormers.
Secondary Stylistic Features
  • Fanlights and sidelights.
  • Pedimented door, windows, and dormers.
  • Pilasters.
  • Dentils and modillions.

Evaluation Considerations

In most situations, Colonial Revival buildings will be eligible individually or as a component of a mixed style residential district. Due to their relative rarity in Alaska, flexibility should be exercised during the evaluation process whether this building style is located in a district or individual. To be eligible, Colonial Revival buildings should retain their massing and scale. When examining materials or architectural features, flexibility should be applied.

For Further Information

Albrecht, Donald and Thomas Mellins. The American Style. New York: Monacelli, 2011.

Wilson, Richard Guy and Noah Sheldon. The Colonial Revival House. New York: H.N. Abrams, 2004.