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1800s: Tidewater Style

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Built in coastal areas of the American South, these homes were designed for wet, hot climates.
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This "Tidewater" home has an extensive porch sheltered by a broad hipped roof.

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Tidewater homes have large porches (or "galleries") sheltered by a broad roof. The roof extends over the porches without interruption.

Features of the Tidewater House Style

  • Lower level elevated on stilts or pilings
  • Two stories with porches on both levels
  • The porch often surrounds the entire house
  • Wide eaves
  • Roof is often (although not always) hipped
  • Wooden construction
  • Usually located near water in southern USA and the Mississippi valley

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