PERIOD REVIVAL (1920-1940)

The Los Angeles area is home to the most expansive collection of these styles in the country, thanks in large part to a regional building boom during the 1920s as well as the growing influence of a developing film industry.

  • Colonial Revival- typically rectangular and symmetrical, 2-3 stories, simple detailing, brick or wood siding and double-hung windows with shutters.
  • Dutch Colonial- commonly two-story houses made of clapboard or shingles with a gambrel roof, flared eaves, and a side-entry floor plan.
  • English and Tudor Revival- featuring heavy chimneys, half-timbering, steeply-pitched roofs, cross gables, and narrow windows.
  • French Eclectic- often incorporating hipped roofs, dormers, flared eaves, and arched doorways.
  • Spanish Colonial- Low-pitched ceramic tile roof, stucco walls, eaves with little or no overhang, wrought iron, and windows and doorways with round arches.
  • Monterey- typically two stories and a rectangular shape with a large second-story porch only accessible from the inside (no exterior staircase), and a low-pitched roof. 
  • Colonial/Neoclassical Revival- large, symmetrical design often with windows on each side of the door, large columns, and pediments, Neoclassical is often distinguished by its ornate detail.
  • Mediterranean Revival- Often featuring stucco siding with low-pitched, terra-cotta tile roofs, often elaborate arched doorways with heavy carved-wooden doors, Arches also appear above windows and porches. Wooden or wrought-iron balconies are also common.