The Colonial style (1700 - 1780) was based on a simple European medieval architecture consisting of a side-gabled rectangle and a central entry on the long side.
- Simple, straightforward volumes with side wings and porches added to make expressive and balanced compositions
- An orderly, symmetrical relationship between doors, windows and building mass
- Simplified versions of Classical details and columns, ocassionally with Classical orders
(Tuscan and Ionic) used at the entry
- Multi-pane windows
- Useful porch areas, often on the sides or rear
- Gable roof for main body (hip roof only in extremely rare and elegant circumstances)