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Four-Square

American Four-Square style of residential architectureThe American Four-Square style of residential architecture enjoyed a popularity in American suburbs from 1890 thru 1935 and is considered by many as the first truly American home, not defined in form by any European style.

See River Birch House

Essential Elements

  • Low to medium pitched, hipped roof with dormers
    and wide eaves
  • Square or nearly square plan with cubed form
  • Balanced placement of windows, often wide in proportion,
    special types in front but otherwise double-hung
  • Well defined, wide and deep entry porch
  • Incorporated design elements from other styles, notably Colonial and Arts & Crafts
  • Exterior cladding of brick, stucco, horizontal clapboard, and/or cedar shingles
  • Roof dormers on one or more sides
  • Use of local material for chimneys, foundations, and porch piers
  • Windows, eaves, porches, and other design features are typically proportioned to

American Four-Square style of residential architecture