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.
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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

  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Coffee Bean’
    Coffee Bean
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Colony White’
    Colony White
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Sandtone’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Mallard Green’
    Mallard Green
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Slate’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Cinnamon Toast’
    Cinnamon Toast
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Color Options: Black’

Interior Wood Species

  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Oak’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Pine’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Mixed-Grain-Douglas-Fir’
    Mixed Grain Douglas Fir
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Wood Options: Vertical-Grain-Douglas-Fir’
    Vertical Grain Douglas Fir

Interior Stain Colors

  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: Espresso’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: Mocha’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: Cinnamon’
  • ‘Andersen Windows – Choose Interior Stain Options: 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


Newbury® Door Hardware

Hardware Finishes

  • Black swatch
  • 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.







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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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