Colonial Revival Houses and Neocolonial Houses

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Georgian Colonial Revival House

Georgian Colonial Revival
Colonial Revival Houses: Georgian Colonial Revival Georgian Colonial Revival. Photo © Jackie Craven

Pictures of Colonial Revival and Neocolonial Houses

A true Colonial house is one that was built during North America's colonial past. Colonial Revival styles emerged in the late 1800s as a rebellion against elaborate Victorian styles. Many houses built during the twentieth century can be described as Colonial Revival. Colonial Revival houses have the simplicity and refinement of old Georgian and Federal houses from American history, but they incorporate modern details.

By the late 1960s, more fanciful versions began to appear. These houses, called Neocolonial or Neo-colonial, freely combine an assortment of historic styles using modern materials like vinyl and simulated stone.

While Colonial Revival and Neocolonial houses share many features, you will discover amazing variety. The pictures in this photo gallery show the many types of Colonial Revival and Neocolonial houses.

The black and white color scheme emphasizes the austerity of this classic Georgian Colonial Revival House. Find facts below.

This house was built in the 1920s, but its rectangular shape and the symmetrical arrangement of its windows imitate America's Georgian Colonial architecture.

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Dutch Colonial Revival Architecture

Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York
The Amityville Horror House The Dutch Colonial Revival Amityville Horror house in Amityville, New York was the site of a horrific murder and the subject of the Amityville Horror book and movie about paranormal activities. Photo © Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

With its distinctive gambrel roof, the Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York is a classic example of the Dutch Colonial Revival style. Facts below.

Dutch Colonial Revival houses are characterized by their gambrel roofs, a detail borrowed from historic Dutch Colonial architecture. Other details such as pilasters and decorative window and door crowns are borrowed from historic Georgian and Federal architecture.

Creamy yellow siding and traditional Colonial shutters make this Dutch Colonial Revival home appear cheery and comfortable. The home's history, however, is horrific. Six members of the DeFeo family were murdered here. A year later, George and Kathy Lutz moved in and began to report paranormal activity. Their observations became the subject of the popular movie and best-selling novel The Amityville Horror (compare prices).

The Amityville Horror house is located on Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York.

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Dutch Colonial Revival Bungalow

Dutch Colonial Revival Bungalow in Baltimore, Maryland
Colonial Revival Houses: Dutch Colonial Revival Bungalow Dutch Colonial Revival Bungalow in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo © the homeowner

A gambrel-shaped roof give this modest bungalow characteristics of a Dutch Colonial Revival home. Find facts below.

The owner of this home writes:

My wife and I are closing soon on what we have been calling the "Blue Bungalow." The problem is although it has Bungalow tendencies, I think maybe it has some Dutch tendencies. Any ideas? It's a design that is pretty common in this area of Baltimore.
Forum member "Bobby" replies:
Your beautiful house is a planbook or builder's Dutch Colonial turned on its side to fit on your narrow lot. The style is characterized by the gambrel roof and full shed dormer. You will notice that those features on your house are achieved by the clever use of applied roofing ornament rather than true Dutch Colonial framing, which is more expensive.

Are you in Baltimore's Westgate or West Hills neighborhoods? There are lots of these houses there. If you are, walk to Ten Hills, where we have several examples of true Dutch Colonials. Enjoy your house.

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Neocolonial House

Neocolonial House
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Builders combined Colonial ideas with details borrowed from other periods for this bright yellow Neocolonial House. Find facts below.

This Neocolonial house is a mixture of many historic details. The multi-pane windows and the window shutters are typical of the Colonial era. The pilasters and arched windows suggest American Federalist architecture. The rambling side porch and the overall asymmetrical shape of the house suggest a Queen Anne Victorian. And, the pseudo-stone facing is a strictly modern material.