The Georgian Style

The georgian style Harbour View was built in the Georgian style, which dominated residential architecture in Britain's western colonies through most of the 18th century. Georgian's most prominent identifying feature is its square symmetry, with an equal number of windows on either side of a (1) classical entryway. Many examples built in the American colonies have pediments over the windows, (2) fanciful front gables or (3) hip roofs — sometimes with balustrades — and (4) dentil molding decorating the cornice.

Because architectural forms crossed the oceans very slowly back then, the colonial version of "Georgian" doesn't mirror the concurrent English Georgian style — though both take their name from the three kings George who reigned during this period. The colonial Georgian style actually has its roots in earlier, 17th-century English architecture, which was based on ancient Roman and Greek forms. The elements of this classical English style arrived in the colonies half a century later along with craftsmen and architectural pattern books.

Bermudian Georgian is a more modest version of its American counterpart, adapted to suit the island's yearly hurricanes and scarcity of native wood. The walls and roofs are almost always heavy Bermuda limestone, which means the houses are often smaller — only one room deep — to carry the weight. Exterior wood ornamentation is rare; wood was used only for interiors, if at all, and (5) quoins and (6) keystones are commonly made from stone.
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