One of the most popular architectural styles in America didn’t originate in America at all.
Tudor architecture is the final evolution of Medieval architecture in England, during the Tudor period from 1485 to 1603, which includes the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. In the U.S., a medley of Tudor-era styles was combined in a building heyday that lasted from the 1890s to 1940s, especially in affluent suburbs. The materials used for Tudor homes were expensive, slate, brick, stone, thereby telegraphing the owners’ success.
Tudor’s design cues are distinctive and include brick and/or stucco walls, a façade dominated by one or more front-facing gables, a steeply pitched roof that is usually side-gabled and has eaves that may plunge almost to the ground, massive chimneys often topped with decorative chimney pots, tall and narrow multi-paned windows (often in multiple groups) and decorative half-timbering, a signature characteristic.
Famous examples in the U.S. include, in Grosse Point Shores, Michigan, the 60-room, 1920s manor of Edsel and Eleanor Ford and, in Newport, Rhode Island, the late-1800s Fairholme, the oceanfront summer cottage, at 24,000 square feet, of civil engineer and philanthropist Fairman Rogers.
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The elegant and handsome English Tudor–style home at 5700 Westover Court in Fort Worth is sited on nearly one acre and affords beautiful treetop views. Fully restored and renovated, it offers four bedrooms, four full baths, two living areas, two dining areas and impressive architectural details inside and outside. The gourmet kitchen is one-of-a-kind, with gleaming black-lacquered cabinetry, a coffered black-lacquer ceiling, a black-and-brass designer range and creamy designer marble countertops.
The home, priced $2,900,000 is represented by Amy Hooper Trott.
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