Life has been hectic for all of us, from crazy winter weather, to the Olympics, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, there seems to always be something exciting going on. This is great for life in MoCo, but sometimes it is nice to take a step back and have a little enjoyment with something different from the norm. Wanting to be your realtor, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the historical types of architecture you can find in MoCo. If you are looking to sell your home, the following list can help you determine if you currently live in one of these architectural treasures of style. If you are looking to buy and want something of historical style, this will help you on your way to understand what type is for you.
Georgian 1700-1790--Georgian facades are symmetrical and most often made of brick or painted clapboards. Rooflines are detailed with dentil moulding and decorative pilasters at the corners of the building. The windows are large, from 6-12 panes of glass, and the doors are paneled with rows of glass as well.
Federal 1780-1840--Federal houses focus more on simple geometric lines with less decorative aspects. Often, the only decorative aspect outside a Federal home is a small porch or stoop for an entry way. These homes are usually square or rectangular in shape and two or three stories high.
Italianate 1840-1885--Most of these homes are two stories tall and are identified by wide cornices that project out and have heavy brackets. These homes have richly decorated doorways, porches and windows. The primary basic shape of this style is box shaped with either a hip roof or centered gable and often with an L or U shape plan design.
Queen Anne 1870-1890--Whimsy is the key to this architectural style. These large homes have turrets and porches in unconventional places throughout. Many decorative details are found including balconies, bay windows, stained glass windows and patterned shingles.
Tudor Style 1890-1940--These homes have lots of decorative masonry aspects including elaborate chimneys half-timbering, which is exposed wood framework with space between the beams being filled with masonry. There are steep gabled rooflines and decorative doors as well, making these homes very ornate.
These are but a few of the historical architecture styles in MoCo. My website has a ton of information for you as well. You can sign up for a FREE monthlyreport on the sales trends and statistics for your community, search the entire MLSdatabase, or just click on the area you are interested in: Bethesda, North Potomac, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Boyds, Clarksburg, or Montgomery County. Either way, I am always here to serve!