Georgian-style architecture has a long and winding past. During the 1700s, European settlers in North America incorporated the architectural styles of their native countries into their new homes. The styles that arose can be referred to as Colonial architecture, which includes Georgian and Spanish variations, plus Federal and Cape Cod.
Georgian is one of the most popular, characterized by its typically formal style. Georgian homes find their roots in both Italian Renaissance and the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. “Those who chose this style,” said Pete Shannon, an assistant professor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, on hgtv.com., “were attempting to emulate those wealthy enough to build the original homes.” Georgian Colonial became the dominant style for domestic construction in the U.S. from 1700 to 1780, and is still highly desired today.
The design cues are distinctive: a boxy and often symmetrical shape; a side-gabled roof; pedimented dormers jutting from the roof; and dentil moldings, with their characteristic toothlike blocks, along the eaves. A gabled or flat-roofed portico with columns is often dominant.
Famous examples of Georgian houses in films are Tara in Gone with the Wind and the family homes in Home Alone and 1991s Father of the Bride.
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The classic Georgian at 3600 Hamilton Avenue in Fort Worth is a textbook example of the style. Built in 1937 and fully remodeled, it offers four bedrooms, formal living and dining rooms and a library with a fireplace and wet bar. The exquisitely landscaped backyard features flagstone patios, multiple seating areas, an elegant English garden and an entertaining pavilion with a fireplace.
The home, priced $1,425,000 is represented by Ashley Mooring and Mary Perry.
To shop all the exceptional homes offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty by architectural style, visit briggsfreeman.com/architecture.