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What is FRENCH PROVINCIAL?
A very brief description to help you identify a "French Provincial" style home...
Picture balance and symmetry, they are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Often made of brick with detailing in copper or slate. In the original versions of this style, the windows and chimneys are symmetrical and perfectly balanced. Some defining features include a steep, high roof; a balcony with porch balustrades (top and bottom rails supported by posts as you would find on staircases); rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters. Also, second-story windows usually have curved heads.
Originally built by French nobles during the reign of Louis XIV in the mid-1600s, the French Provincial design was a popular Revival style in the 1920s and again in the 1960s.
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