Tudor, 1900-1935

The early English & German settlers brought the half-timbered construction to America. The Tudor name derived from the English royal families of Henry VII thru Elizabeth I since the original style was prominent during their reigns in England (1485 to 1603). The style was revived in England in the 1880s, but did not gain acceptance in America until the turn of the century. The first American Tudors were half—timbered construction, but Queen Anne in form. Later versions imitated the original English form and became the fashion into the 1930s.

FORM: irregular, with wings often at an angle; usually 2—3 stories; prominent half—timbering (exposed framing with stucco—covered brick infill); stone or brick accents; sometimes brick or stone first story; second floor often overhung the first.

ROOF: steeply pitched, often with mixed gables and hips, or flared just above the eaves; slate or terra cotta shingles on more elaborate mansions.

WINDOWS: commonly vertical casements with small leaded sash in diamond patterns.

DOORS: generally single and massive, recessed in alcove topped with pointed Tudor arch.

CHIMNEYS: massive, some with ornamental ceramic chimney pots.