The French Eclectic style
The French Eclectic style is not just one style, but rather a range of styles inspired by French architecture. Brought back to America by World War I soldiers returning home, it evolved into a very Americanized interpretation of the character and charm of the French countryside.
Essential design elements
The French Eclectic style is not just one style, but rather a range of styles inspired by French architecture. These homes feature steep french, mansard, or multiple-pitch gable roofs and conical-roofed round towers and/or dormers. These homes feature modest timber frame with stucco or stone exterior and include either symmetrical window and door compositions in formal houses or asymmetrical compositions in informal houses.
While "French doors" are common in all locations for French Eclectic style homes, single doors are also popular, especially at the main entrance. The most common main door features a segmented arch, although half-round arched or flat top doors also fit the style.
A wide variety of window types are seen within the French Eclectic style. However, casement windows are the leading choice, while double-hung windows are also acceptable. Additionally, arched top windows are common and add a wonderful French countryside charm.
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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.