New Orleans
, 16. January 2016
An old Style still modern

European Colonial Style in America

Colonial style is still modern today. Once designed by European architects who designed their former property overseas in this style, the colonial style is reissued again today. Especially in South America, the colonial style was built in the Baroque and Renaissance style by the Spanish and the Portuguese. One can basically distinguish among five colonial styles. A search for traces.

x-working Historical colonial landmarks in Shanghai, designed in the colonial style.
Historical colonial landmarks in Shanghai, designed in the colonial style.

The French colonial style mainly spread in the Mississippi area in between Quebec and New Orleans. There there were three different architectural styles: "Poteux-en-terre", "Briquette-entre-poteux" and "raised cottage". The latter was developed in order to put things right in the flooded areas by an increased housebuilding on brick walls.

The Spanish colonial style mainly gained acceptance in the Caribbean to Mexico. In the 18th century the "Common Houses" were built in Florida, which were covered with a white roughcast out of a mixture of mortar and shell limestone.

Regarding the Dutch colonial style rooftops of mostly small one-room houses were characteristic for the type of the settlers. The roofs were mostly steep or overhanging. The construction area here stretched on the Hudson River Valley in today´s federal state New York.

Typical for the German colonial style, which was settled along the Delaware River, were half-timbered buildings that are also seen nowadays across Germany. Downstairs mostly cobblestone was used while the first floor was made out of wood.

The Georgian colonial style was common around 1720-1780 in New England and the Mid-Atlantic States. The buildings were typically kept in bricks with white, wooden doors and window frames in the English style.

Even today you find those architectural styles throughout North America, as well as in Europe. They tell us a long history of architecture in the traditional style.

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