Mediterranean Revival Style Homes
Mediterranean style homes came into vogue in the 1920s and 30s, along with Italianate architecture. This type of home was particularly popular in California and Florida, where Mediterranean-style resorts were common holiday getaways.
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The Mediterranean Revival style calls to mind the villas of southern Spain, France and Italy. Multi story buildings with imposing primary façades, stucco walls, low-pitched, flat roofs of terra cotta and tile, arches, parapet walls and articulated detailing are distinguishing features of this type of home.
The decorative features of Mediterranean homes are elaborate. Arched windows appear at regular intervals, many of which are separated by decorative columns. Columns also appear in the bottom entranceways and balustrade porches of the second story. Detailing is everywhere, from ornate bracketing to carefully designed ventilation grids. Many Mediterranean Revival homes also utilize Barrel tile roofs made from Cuban clay as a decorative element.
The interior of a Mediterranean style home tends to be asymmetrical, in contrast with the ordered appearance of the exterior. An informal room arrangement is the norm, calling to mind the rambling estates of the citrus farmers and cattle ranchers who found the Mediterranean style suitable for the temperate climate of the States.
Today, Mediterranean style homes are popular not only for their historical significance, but also for their beauty and suitability for warmer regions.
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