Home Style Library

It can be hard to put your finger on the exact style you'd like for your home. To help, Andersen has done extensive research into 14 architectural styles and how windows and doors play a critical role in achieving them. We've compiled it all into our Home Style Library so you can browse and land on the perfect style for your home.

Mission Revival Home Style from Andersen Windows

Mission Revival

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.
Mission Revival Essential Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

  • Gables with curvilinear parapet walls
  • Low-pitched, red tile hipped roofs
  • Open eaves with exposed brackets
  • Prominent one-story porches with arched openings
  • Commonly, a tower or a form reminiscent of a tower
  • Visor roofs below dormers or parapets
  • Typically, two stories with smooth, white stucco surfaces
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. Typical arrangements are 9-over-1, 6-over-1 and 12-over-1. Regardless of window type, main floor windows are usually taller than upper story windows. To meet egress code requirements in most areas, double-hung windows may need to be replaced with casement windows.
Mission Revival Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

The main door is often a simple plank entrance door with either an arched or a flat top. Main doors are usually single doors. Mission Revival style homes may also feature many side doors that provide access to porches and verandas. These doors are often similar in appearance to the main door, although they may be narrower or shorter. French doors are usually used to provide access to porches and verandas, creating a visual connection between the interior and exterior. Both main entry and side doors are commonly set deep within the wall from the exterior, which emphasizes the wall’s thickness. Hardware is accentuated and usually appears to be hand forged, making heavy iron hinges and hardware appropriate. Doors also often have a peephole or a small window covered with iron grillwork.

Colors and Finishes

Windows are often dark brown or another earthy color that contrasts with the white, stucco walls. A variety of colors are used for trim, which is typically the same color as the window frame. Sometimes, the sash is a different, darker, color.
Mission Revival Exterior Colors
Mission Revival Interior Colors
Mission Revival Color Combinations

Color Combinations

This chart shows the various color combinations that make up the Mission Revival home style

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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