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1800s: Tidewater Style

Homes Made to Take the Heat


Built in coastal areas of the American South, these homes were designed for wet, hot climates.

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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