Mission Revival Home Style

The Mission Revival Home


Inspired by Spanish mission churches built in the early 1600s, Mission Revival style architecture first appeared in California around 1885. It quickly spread around the American Southwest with railroad travelers. It was a splash of boldness with its large arched openings and whitewashed stucco walls. Quite the contrast to the home styles that had migrated west for the Gold Rush.

essential elements

Essential Style Elements

Mission Revival homes are typically two stories with smooth, usually white, stucco and low-pitched, red tile hip roofs. They often include gables with curvilinear parapet walls, open eaves with exposed brackets, and visor roofs below dormers or parapets.  Prominent one-story porches with arched openings are common.
Mission Revival Quintessential Windows

Quintessential Windows

Both double-hung and French casement windows are common in Mission Revival style homes. Occasionally both window types can be seen in the same house. When double-hung windows are used, grilles usually divide the upper sash into individual panes that are square or close to square.
Mission Revival Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

French doors are usually used to provide access to porches and verandas, creating a visual connection between the interior and exterior. Hardware is accentuated and usually appears to be hand forged.
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Colors & Finishes

Windows are frequently dark brown or another earthy color that contrasts with the usually white stucco walls. However, a variety of colors may be used for trim. While the window frame and trim are typically the same color, the sash is sometimes a different color. When a different color is used for the sash,  it is typically a dark color.
Mission Revival

Exterior Color Palette

  • coffee bean
    Coffee Bean
  • colony white
    Colony White
  • sandtone
    Sandtone
  • mallard green
    Mallard Green
  • slate
    Slate
  • cinnamon toast
    Cinnamon Toast
  • black
    Black

Interior Wood Species

  • Oak
    Oak
  • Pine
    Pine
  • Mixed Grain Douglas Fir
    Mixed Grain Douglas Fir
  • Vertical Grain Douglas Fir
    Vertical Grain Douglas Fir

Interior Stain Colors

  • Espresso
    Espresso
  • Mocha
    Mocha
  • Cinnamon
    Cinnamon
  • Russet
    Russet

Hardware Styles

Window hardware is typically made of iron and is almost always black or very dark in color in order to reflect the handmade appearance of early Mission style hardware. Door hardware is often similar to window hardware. It may have a handmade look and is generally black or very dark in color.
double-hung hardware

Double-Hung Hardware

french casement hardware

French Casement Window Hardware

door hardware

Riviera Door Hardware

Hardware Finishes

  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Black
    Black
  • Andersen Windows Hardware Finishes Oil Rubbed Bronze
    Oil Rubbed Bronze

Grille Patterns

The upper sash of Mission Revival style double-hung windows is typically divided into individual panes by grilles, while the lower sash has no grilles. The individual panes are usually square or close to square. Common arrangements are 9-over-1, 12-over-1 and 6-over-1.

grilles

12-over-1

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9-over-1

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6-over-1

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Mission Revival Window

Double-Hung Window (Interior)

Double-Hung window in Oak with Russet finish. Traditional hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.
Mission Revival Window

Double-Hung Window (Exterior)

Double-Hung window in Cinnamon Toast with 2" brick mould exterior trim in Sandtone.
Mission Revival Door

Hinged Patio Door (Exterior)

Hinged Patio Door in Cinnamon Toast with 2" brick mould exterior trim in Sandtone. Riviera hardware in Oil Rubbed Bronze.
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More On This Home Style

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

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Mission Revival Home Style Pattern Book