Do you think your home or a building you admire might be the medieval revival style known as "Tudor"? Here's how to recognize this popular style.
Time Required: A speedy, 10-minute checklist
- Consider the location. Is the building in the United States, Great Britain or northern Europe?
- Try to determine the date. Was the house built after the late 1800s?
- Examine the siding. Is it brick, stone or stucco?
- Notice the decorative detailing on the walls. Do you see "half-timbering" -- Strips of wood framing which form horizontal, vertical and diagonal patterns on the masonry?
- Look for chimneys. Is there more than one? Are they unusually tall and wide? Are they topped with round decorative "pots"?
- Study the shape of the roof. Is it steeply pitched? Are there gables?
- If the roof is not steeply pitched, is it low and sloping or curved? Does the roofing material imitate the appearance of thatch?
- Look at the windows. Are they tall and narrow? Do they have many small panes? Is the glass leaded?
- Check the doorway. Does it appear unusually low? Is it arched?
- Count your yeses. The more times you answered yes, the more Tudor features exist.
- A building may possess features of several different styles. Your house may combine Tudor ideas with other styles such as Craftsman or Queen Anne.
- Modern siding and other remodeling may cover identifying features of a Tudor building.
- Some Tudor houses mimic humble Medieval cottages with low thatched roofs. Others resemble late Medieval palaces with steep roofs and patterned brickwork.