While the Colonial Revival style is more common in eastern states, it is still seen quite frequently in Northern California.  Homes with this style are seen in Piedmont and surrounding Oakland neighborhoods.  Often, while not exact copies of the classical definition, they still fall within the basic descriptions of this style, which are:

a. Small porticos with pillars or columns.

2. Double-hung multipaned windows with accompanying shutters.

3. The facade is often symmetrical, and it may have, depending on its substyle,  a gable, gambrel or hipped roof.

4. Two or three stories and dormers.

5. The interior often has a center-hall floor plan, and multiple fireplaces. 

The Colonial Revival style became quite popular in America after the 1876 Centennial anniversary, which reminded Americans of their Revolutionary history.  It became popular as a contradiction to the Victorian excesses in home design because of  its simplicity and classical good looks.  As a result of its initial creation, and its revival, it became one of this country's longest lasting architectural forms, and is always a surprising find in neighborhood tours.   


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