Other Styles

Other architectural styles that can be found in the Pasadena area are the Revival, Colonial, Neo-Classical, and Post-Modern.

Revival – Includes Gothic, Tudor, Spanish, and Georgian styles. Revivalism in architecture represents the use of styles that visually and consciously echo the style of a previous architectural era. There were a number of architectural revivalist movements in the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Colonial – Colonial style (also known as Colonial Revival, Neocolonial, Georgian Revival or Neo-Georgian) sought to follow the American colonial architecture of the period around the Revolutionary War. The Centennial Exhibition of 1876 reawakened Americans to their colonial past, and the movement gained momentum in the 1890’s. During post-WWII years, Colonial style elements were merged with the popular ranch-style house design – though Colonial homes were typically two stories. Features borrowed from the colonial period include elaborate front doors, evenly-spaced windows flanking the front entrance, five windows on the second floor, paired chimneys, columned porches, and a stairway that is directly behind the entry door.

Neo-Classic – Neoclassical architecture describes buildings that were inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Neoclassicism was one expression of the American Renaissance movement, which occurred around 1880-1917. The movement reflected a desire to return to the perceived “purity” of the arts of Rome, and the “ideals” of Greek art. Its projections and recesses and their effects of light and shade were more flat, and sculptural bas-reliefs tended to be enframed in friezes, tablets or panels.

Post-Modern – Postmodern architecture began as an international style in the 1950’s, but did not become a movement until the late 1970’s. There is a sort of “anything goes” attitude associated with postmodern architecture, as some architects turned away from modern Functionalism which they viewed as boring. These architects turned towards the past, melding past elements to create new designs by adapting classical features rather than simply reproducing them. Functional and formalized shapes and spaces were replaced by diversity: styles collide, form is adopted for its own sake, and unconventional ways of viewing familiar styles dominate. Featured are: ornament, color, decoration, unexpected additions or color schemes. The finished product reflects a home or building that is aesthetically pleasing, highly functional, cohesive and sustainable.