French Architectural Styles & House Plans

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Get­ting an authen­tic look starts with know­ing the style and its details.

French architectural styles have a long history of being built all around the world and in America. The French explored and settled large areas of the Americas, from Canada down to the Gulf of Mexico. Over the years they have given us a number of beautiful house styles from the vernacular Normandy, Provence, Acadian, Colonial, and West Indies styles to the Chateauesque and Classical Beau Arts style. Built all across the United States, the French style houses remain very popular in a number of areas. The Normandy style is recognized primarily by the very high-pitched slate roofs, the round or octagonal turrets. The French and Creole styles found along the Gulf coast had the wrap around galleries as their primary architectural features. Of course the Beau Arts style is one of the most classical of all classical styles, this style has not been used a great deal for residential architecture but it was used on some of the finest houses in America.

Want to learn more about the indi­vid­ual French archi­tec­tural styles listed above? Just click on the links below or go to the Home Styles tab above. (Visit often to see our new articles or sign up for our newsletter and we will send them directly to your inbox.)

Reference materials – Are you looking for a place to beginning learning about your favorite house styles or do you want to learn more? We’ve done all the searching for you, find books here that are must reads!

Architectural Styles – Picture Collection by Christine Frank

PSHPS – House Style Picture Collections – Architecture – Historic Periods

Wikipedia – Timeline of architectural styles

This Old House – American House Styles

Historic New England – Architectural Style Guide

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