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Spanish Colonial Home Style

Spanish Colonial Revival


Spanish Colonial Revival is an expression of the architecture brought with the Spanish when they explored the Americas. In 1915 the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego featured several exhibit halls built in this style, which sparked its popularity. Originally found in Florida and California, it quickly spread around the United States.

Spanish Colonial Essential Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

• Light-colored stucco exterior walls and chimney finishes
• Low-pitched red Mission or Spanish tile roofs with little or no overhanging eaves
• Asymmetrical massing and facades
• One or more arched entrance doors or principal windows
• Wrought iron grillwork for windows, doors and balconies
• Recessed doors and windows on exterior

Spanish Colonial Quintessential Windows

Quintessential Windows

Although a variety of window types can be found in Spanish Colonial Revival style homes, the most common is the French casement window. The individual casement sash is typically tall and narrow, and often divided into horizontal panes, which is unusual for a traditional architectural style. Quintessential Spanish Colonial Revival style grilles divide the sash horizontally, but if the sash is wide enough there may also be a vertical grille to create a pattern that is two panes wide. As the style spread beyond the Southwestern states and Florida to other parts of the country, builders integrated the Spanish Colonial Revival style with the styles of the homes they were already building. As a result, double-hung windows are also sometimes seen in Spanish Colonial Revival style homes.

Spanish Colonial Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

Main entrance doors in Spanish Colonial Revival style homes usually feature heavy plank doors, often with arches, heavy iron hinges and hardware. Iron grillwork is occasionally incorporated over a peephole or small widow. Doors may also feature square-shaped panels. Additionally, entrance doors may be paired to create a single arched entrance. If a single door is used, the door is often wider than a standard-sized single door. Main entrance doors are traditionally set deep within the exterior of a wall to accentuate the wall thickness. A frontispiece incorporating decorative tiles, twisted columns, stone or intricate Churrigueresque decoration sometimes surrounds these doors. Side entrances feature single arched or straight top doors. Balconies and terraces often use narrow, paired French doors.

Colors and Finishes

When the Spanish Colonial Revival style first became popular in the Southwest and Florida, dark brown was the most common color for this style’s windows. In other areas of the country, the various other colors shown here were also used, and are now common throughout all parts of the country. The window frame, sash and trim is usually one color and is intended to contrast with the very light color of the adjacent exterior stucco or interior plaster.

Spanish Colonial Exterior Colors
Spanish Colonial Interior Colors

Spanish Colonial Color Combinations

Color Combinations

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

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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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