Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Know Your Architecture: Mediterranean

The home at 6501 Spyglass Hill Court is priced $1,750,000.
The home at 6501 Spyglass Hill Court is priced $1,750,000. Imagery Intelligence LLC

Mediterranean Revival is a style introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, variously incorporating references from Spanish Renaissance, Spanish Colonial, Beaux-Arts, Italian Renaissance and Venetian Gothic architecture. The movement drew on the style of palaces and seaside villas and applied them to the rapidly expanding coastal resorts of California and Florida.

In the 1920s and ’30s, Hollywood movies featured romantic Mediterranean sets, and celebrity magazines showed stars living in glamorous Mediterranean manors, touching off a peak period for construction of this elegant style.

A Mediterranean home’s cues typically include stucco walls, red tile roofs, arched windows and balconies, the latter made of wood or wrought iron. Doors are often wooden and heavy, with ornate carvings. Its signature tile roofs copy those of Spanish and Mexican missions and are usually made of clay, shaped like half of a tube to shed water easily. The air pocket under each tile helps keep the roof cool, perfect for Texas’ warm climate.

Famous examples of the Mediterranean-style include two homes in Miami: Vizcaya, built in the early 1900s by businessman James Deering; and Casa Casuarina, once the home of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace.

The home at 6501 Spyglass Hill Court in Fort Worth’s gated Mira Vista is a modern-day interpretation of the Mediterranean-style. The six-bedroom, seven-bath home is nearly 7,000 square feet, with interior features that include columns, arches and a dramatic curved staircase with wrought-iron railing. The house’s many luxuries include an elevator, a media room and, outside, a built-in kitchen, fireplace and heated pool with stone waterfall.

The home is represented by Laura Spann and Jeremy Spann and priced $1,750,000.

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