Colonials updating classic america

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The style is closely related to Italianate, but is always characterized by its mansard roof, named for the 17th-century French architect, François Mansart.

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Today, so much of our built environment and furnishings are influenced by the Colonial Style that much goes unnoticed.

But the style truly is the building block from which our nation's aesthetic sprung.

Dates: 1700 to 1780Features: Symmetrical facade; double-hung windows with nine or 12 lights in each sash; paneled door with pilasters, transom lights, and sometimes a pedimented crown; brick in the South, clapboards in the North; dentil molding at the cornice.

American Georgian architecture is based on earlier European styles (not the British Georgian style of the same period), which emphasized classical Greek and Roman shapes.

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