Introduction

New England House Styles

Middle Georgian - Main Street, Wenham, MAHave you ever been driving in your car, and noticed an old house that just appealed to you?  It might have been something about the simplicity of the lines or the balance of the windows and the doorways, or the way the house was set into the landscape. Perhaps there was an interesting cupola or turret or a big sweeping porch.  Maybe it reminded you of a place you lived when you were younger, or a house you saw in a movie.

The houses in New England, especially those that were built before 1900, (First Period, Georgian or Gothic Revival for example) have their roots in classical European architecture. These styles are drawn from ancient civilizations in Britain or Italy or Greece.

After 1900, new house styles in New England were drawn more on styles from the West Coast or elsewhere in the United States (American Four Square, Bungalow or Colonial Revival for example).  In the 1950’s and