We spent thousands of hours researching architecture that respects tradition and historic values. As a result, the homes of Jerome Village will reflect the rural characteristics that emphasize the history of the area, while setting the tone for a casual, but classic neighborhood.
The origin of Colonial architecture in the United States can be traced to the arrival of the first settlers to the New World in the 17th century. The classic lines and features that drew people to this architecture remains intact today. From the central chimney to the casement windows, Colonial architectural features have epitomized rural America for generations.
Known for its symmetry and balance, Georgian architecture is as much a part of American history as the 13 colonies from which it originated. Sophisticated brick and stone work distinguish this style of architecture from all others. Large chimneys, key stones and lintels create a captivating and timeless appeal.
The dominant architectural style of the United States from 1780 to 1820, Federalism ruled as the population grew from 3 million to 10 million people. With clean lines and few embellishments, the signature fanlight and accentuated front door became the exterior focal point. The Federal style incorporates details, such as ceiling heights and windows.
The Greek Revival style of architecture flourished in areas that were being rapidly settled in the middle to late 1800s. This style, more than any other, traveled with settlers as they made their journey westward. As a result, Greek Revival homes were, and still are, prevalent across the continent. Then and today porticos and columns define the look.
The Victorian Style
Italianate was the style of choice for the majority of homes built in America between 1840 and 1880. This trend was especially true throughout the Midwest as the country enjoyed prosperity. Its low pitched roofs and widely overhanging eaves gives Italianate a distinctive appearance. The columned front porch and detailed enframements above doors and windows are also focal points.
In much the same way that Queen Anne architecture was adapted from other traditions, the components of Shingle style were adapted from earlier forms. Its asymmetrical form and wide porches are reminiscent of Queen Anne. The classical columns and Palladian windows can be found in Colonial architecture. And the emphasis on irregular shapes points to Romanesque. In Shingle style, they all come together beautifully.
The Queen Anne style was made popular by an influential group of English architects. They promoted the steeply pitched roof, front-facing gable, and the towers, which give the Queen Anne a regal appearance. This style was made possible on a wider scale by advancements in manufacturing that enabled larger panes of glass and pre-cut architectural details.
The Folk Victorian style was most prevalent from 1850 to 1890. Compared to more elaborate Victorian homes, it is simpler in form and construction as well as more affordable, but still maintains some quintessential decorative components representative of the Victorian style.
The Arts & Crafts Style
A product of the Arts and Crafts movement in Europe, Craftsman architecture set the standard for utilizing handcrafted detail in stairways, windows, doorways and floors. The hands on approach, combined with the use of natural materials, created a warm, livable home. Inviting is a term often used to describe the Craftsman style. As you can see, that description begins at the front porch.
Welcome to the great American cottage. The Bungalow wave began in California in the late 1800s and quickly spread throughout the country. Historians give credit to the Bungalow style for introducing the front stoop to American houses. Informal in plan, elevation and detail, the Bungalow remains an affordable, yet classic architecture that is home to millions of Americans.
Farmhouse architecture is perhaps most recognizable by its core design elements. Covered porches, dormer windows and white paint are universal Farmhouse features. Heavy stone and timber were predominant in regions where these natural materials were readily available. Classic forms and details from the Greek Revival, Georgian and Victorian architectural eras were all incorporated into Farmhouse architecture. The nostalgia of returning to an earlier time and the appeal of a simpler, land connected lifestyle are central to its renewed popularity. For some, the American Farmhouse is perhaps the most tangible and sentimental connection to our country’s rich history.