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

The home at 5504 Campo Avenue is priced $724,500.
The home at 5504 Campo Avenue is priced $724,500.

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, creating the peak period for construction of this elegant style.

What to look for. Stucco walls, red tile roofs, arched windows with grilles and balconies made of wood or wrought iron. Lush gardens often appear, as do courtyards. Other flourishes range from large, heavy wooden doors with ornate carvings and articulated surrounds to multicolored tiles for the risers of staircases.

Famous examples of Mediterranean-style architecture include, in Miami, Vizcaya, built in the early 1900s by businessman James Deering, and Casa Casuarina, once the home of fashion designer Gianni Versace. In Beverly Hills, Greenacres, the 1920s estate of actor Harold Lloyd. In Sarasota, Florida, Càd’Zan, the 1920s residence of circus tycoon John Ringling.

The Mediterranean-style home at 5504 El Campo Avenue in Fort Worth was custom-built in 2005. It features a dramatic entry hall, a graceful circular staircase and a formal dining room with an impressive beamed ceiling. At nearly 3,800 square feet, it offers a first-floor master retreat, a spacious study, two additional bedrooms and an upstairs study nook and large game room.

The home, priced $724,500 is represented by Debbie Mason.

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