When we talk about genuine estate, we gossip: selling price, tackle, status. When we talk about architecture, we pontificate: blah, blah, blah. But talking—knowledgeably—about houses does not call for an superior degree. In real truth, we’re all studying structures these times on these marathon walks as a result of our neighborhoods. So what do you simply call these houses with the 50 %-timbered beams? What’s the big difference concerning Italianate and Queen Anne? Study this (drawn from notable houses in the Cities), print it out, and get ready to lecture your (gossipy) buddies.

Prairie (Foursquare design) 


Glimpse for a flattish (hipped) roof with prolonged eaves and rows of patterned home windows (a fortune to exchange!). In all probability stucco, wooden, or brick with significant square columns. The massing could resemble a sequence of squares with no obvious middle.

Craftsman/Arts and Crafts/Bungalow 


You know these houses! Frequently 1 or 1 and a 50 % stories. Open front porch, held up by tapered columns. Stucco, maybe wooden. Bands of decorative woodwork and leaded home windows. Ubiquitous and beloved: the household design of the Twin Cities.

Richardsonian Romanesque 


It is significant, brother: The masonry partitions (usually stone, from time to time brick), the cone-roofed towers, the arched home windows and entrances with squat columns, the slate or tiled roofs. Seems like Minneapolis Metropolis Hall—minus the clock and the bells.

Queen Anne 


Towers? Turrets? Cupolas? Domes? Weird rooflines? Porches? Patterned shingles? Gingerbread posts and turned woodwork? Of course, certainly, yes—yes to everything! These are “Victorian” architecture—often as substantial kitsch. 



Assume tall (two or 3 stories) and usually squarish. The home windows will be tall and impractically arched at the top rated. Superfluous cupola or square tower? Why not! Glimpse for lower-pitched roofs brackets stone, wooden, or brick façades and a Charles Adams gloom.

Tudor (Cotswold design) 


A suburban fave. More mature and much more designed examples include things like steep rooflines, triangular gables, multi-pane home windows, and decorative 50 %-timbered beams. If the household appears Hobbity—false thatched roof, mushroomy massing—think Cotswold.