Wednesday, June 19, 2013

French Colonial Architecture

When we were looking to purchase a new home last year, we went through so many different houses and saw so much unique architecture. Among the many types that we saw, we fell in love with the French Colonial designs. 

French Colonial architecture is one of the twenty-first century's hottest styles for high end new homes. There is a good deal of variation in these structures with their broad verandas giving a tropical appearance. Possibly the most iconic model for French Colonial structures is also among the easiest to achieve. Eighteenth and nineteenth century Creole Townhouses. The Creole Townhouse originated in the French Quarter of New Orleans when the city was rebuilt following the Great Fire of 1788. Built in thick walled brick or stucco for fire resistance with courtyards and arcades and intricate wrought iron balusters lining balconies overhanging the street, they incorporate gabled roofs with dormers. Traditionally built very close to the street, Creole townhouses often have fountains in their courtyards. Modern adaptations Building a modern home in the Creole Townhouse style is quite simple. Take any basic two story gable-end structure, add dormers in the attic, fence off a courtyard in back and add a wrought iron balcony. Purists may object that there is more to the traditional Creole Townhouse than this, and so there is, but a home like this brings a whiff of the atmosphere of old New Orleans into any neighborhood while remaining quite livable and marketable. The style of the Creole Townhouses of the French Quarter makes a wonderful model for homes built in the twenty-first century. Gables and dormers atop brick or stucco walls and adorned with iron balconies makes a positive statement about the owner's good taste.

What's your favorite style of architecture? 

1 comment:

  1. we are actually going to be using a wrought iron colonial look for parts of the house we are building in Guatemala in a few years-I've been checking out the designs (all windows usually have bars, doors are metal over there as well, but you can get some pretty ornate ones) and trying to decide where I want to go with it... this post reminds me of some of the ornate wrought iron/metal work I saw when I was in Guatemala.


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