Is this a Colonial or French Eclectic?
My husband and I just purchased a 1927 home in Westchester Co., NY. We always refer to the house as a colonial with a french twist, but that is obviously not technically accurate. I have been combing through "A Field Guide to American Houses" and here is what I can surmise:
The house has many of the features of a colonial revival: accentuated front door, hipped roof, symmetrically balanced windows and center door, windows with double-hung sashes.
It also seems to have some of the features of the French Eclectic style, which will use brick and stucco wall cladding, sometimes with false half timbering (which can be found on the 2nd floor sun-room), these can also be symmetrical. However, the house does not have the defining characteristic: the tall, steeply pitched hipped roof - our house does not.
Some of the more pronounced features remind me of some of the Tudors that are prominent in our area. For example, the brick and wood arched doorway and multiple materials on the facade: stucco with red brick along the corners, as well as some decorative half-timbering. The book says that French Eclectic styles can often resemble the Tudors, but lack the dominant front-facing cross gables.
The "eyebrows" above the 2nd story window are something that I have not been able to locate in the books. There are no dormers in the front of the house, but one in the back.
We will be doing a lot of exterior work on the house; replacing all windows, roof, gutters, repainting, rebuilding the walk-way and front entrance, replacing the porch to the right, and if possible would like to keep true to the style of the house. But it seems to have a split personality. Would love to know what people think.