colonial revival
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Colonial Revival

Dates: 1880 to 1955
Features: Large entryway and surround, colums or pilasters, symmetrical facade, 6-over-6 windows (often paired), side gable or gambrel roof.

The American Centennial celebrations of 1876 brought about a nostalgia for the country's past, including its early house styles. But rather than copy those houses directly, architects like McKim, Mead, and White mixed and matched details from several early styles, including Dutch Colonial, Georgian, and Federal. This is one of the country's most enduring styles, as millions of examples survive, and a renewal of interest in it led to a Neo-Colonial Revival on the "McMansions" of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
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