Colonial Revival (1870-1920)

William Morris Stewart Mansion Replica of Ante-Bellum Mississippi plantation house.
It may be the only house of this type in California.
William Morris Stewart Mansion in Nevada City, California
Built 1855
Photographed 16 December 2013
San Francisco Landmark 207: Ellinwood Residence "Academically Correct" Colonial Revival Residence
Ellinwood Residence in San Francisco
Built 1894
Photographed 4 June 2010
National Register #02000329: Washington School in Eureka, California Vernacular Schoolhouse with Colonial Revival Detailing
Washington School in Eureka, California
Built 1902
Photographed 6 July 2007

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The Colonial Revival style, introduce around 1876, was derived from houses built in the eastern United States a century earlier. The style has been popular ever since. Between the World Wars, it was the most popular historic revival house style in the United States.

Colonial Revival houses, like their models, are usually two stories, with a ridge pole parallel to the street, a symmetrical front facade, an accented doorway with evenly spaced windows on either side of it.

Architectural detail which distinguish Colonial Revival buildings from earlier colonial buildings are:

  • elaborate front doors, often with decorative crown pediments and overhead fanlights and sidelights, but with machine-made woodwork that had less depth and relief than earlier handmade versions.
  • Window openings, while symmetrically located on either side of the front entrance, were usually hung in adjacent pairs or in triple combinations rather than as single windows.
  • Side porches or sunrooms were common additions to these homes, introducing modern comforts.
  • Also distinctive in this style are multiple columned porches and doors with fanlights and sidelights.


Name Year Address City Sort Address Sort Name
Black House1900418 Pajaro StreetSalinasPajaro 0418Black House
Brown House1904274 South Main Street Riddle, ORMain S 0274Brown House
Burke House190836 Steward StreetRenoSteward 0036Burke House
Bursell House19193075 Hanley RoadCentral Point, ORHanley 3075Bursell House
Chappell-Swedenburg House1905990 Siskiyou BoulevardAshland, ORSiskiyou 0990Chappell-Swedenburg House
Clark House19301917 East Main StreetMedford, ORMain E 1917Clark House
Coquille River Life Boat Station1939390 First Street SWBandon, OR Street 01Coquille River Life Boat Station
Corning Court19255 Corning CourtMedfordCorning 0005Corning Court
Doolan Residence and Storefronts 19031500-1512 Haight StreetSan FranciscoHaighr 1500Doolan Residence and Storefronts
Driver House19264140 Old Stage Road Central PointOld State 4140Driver House
Dunlap's Dining Room 19074322 4th Avenue Sacramento Avenue 04 4322Dunlap's Dining Room
Ellinwood Residence18942799 Pacific AvenueSan FranciscoPacific 2799Ellinwood Residence
Flanagan House1905720 Northwest 6th Street Grants Pass Street 06 NW 0720Flanagan House
Flanagan House 1900720 Northwest 6th Street Grants Pass, OR Street 06 NW 0720Flanagan House
Giraud House1914442 Flint StreetReno, NVFlint 0442Giraud House
Gray House1911457 Court StreetReno, NVCourt 0457Gray House
Hafer House1905426 West 6th Street Medford, OR Street 06 W 0426Hafer House
Held-Poage House 1903603 West Perkins StreetUkiahPerkins W 0603Held-Poage House
Hinds House1888529 Chestnut StreetSanta CruzChestnut 0529Hinds House
Howe House19032215 21st Street Sacramento Street 21 2215Howe House
Jensen House19101431 Ezell StreetGardnerville, NVEzell 1431Jensen House
Manasse Mansion1886443 Brown StreetNapaBrown 0442Manasse Mansion
Mills House1913315 Seward Street SitkaSeward 0315Mills House
Morse-Skinner Ranch House 186913063 North Highway 99 Frontage Road LodiHighway 99Morse-Skinner Ranch House
Nerdrum House 1912955 South Fifth Street Coos Bay, OR Street 05 SNerdrum House
Noyes Mansion19031750 1st StreetNapa0 Street 01 1750Noyes Mansion
Robison House1904409 13th StreetSparks Avenue 13 0409Robison House
Rogue Elk Hotel191627390 Highway 62TrailHighway 0062 27390Rogue Elk Hotel
Roma Bakery1911655 Almaden AvenueSan JoseAlmaden 0655Roma Bakery
Sargent House1896154 Central Avenue SalinasCentral 0154Sargent House
Shadelands Ranch House19032660 Ygnacio Valley RoadWalnut Creek Ygnacio Valley 2660Shadelands Ranch House
Stewart Mansion1855410 Zion StreetNevada CityZion 0410Stewart Mansion
Twaddle Mansion1905485 West Fifth StreetReno, NV Street W 05 0485Twaddle Mansion
Tyson House1904242 West Liberty StreetReno, NVLiberty W 0242Tyson House
Voorhies House 1929421 Northwest B StreetGrants Pass Street B NW 0421Voorhies House
Wagner Creek School 19298448 Wagner Creek Road Talent, ORWagner CreekWagner Creek School
Washington School 19101910 California Street EurekaCalifornia 1910Washington School
Wee Kirk18919500 Central AvenueBen LomondCentral 9500Wee Kirk
Wilson House1906860 University AvenuePalo AltoUniversity 0860Wilson House
Luke J. Flynn House19121040 Green StreetSan FranciscoGreen 1040Luke J. Flynn House
Charles & Ethel Fickert House19121060 Green StreetSan FranciscoGreen 1060Charles & Ethel Fickert House
McNear House1906121 Knight DriveSan RafaelKnight Drive 0121 McNear House

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