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Posted by  Jim on June 16, 2003 at 07:26:04:

In Reply to:  what style is my house? posted by Parker on March 11, 2003 at 11:01:14:

It is hard if not impossible to correctly identify the Style of a home without good photos, but the guesses here are as good as any.

It should be noted that often homes were 'designed' by construction companies or contractors who often hired some guy to adapt a standard style or design so as to make it cheap to erect, so no purity of style is to be found in such cases. Even Sears Roebuck, the catalog house, sold houses in their catalogs up until the 1920s, and their adaptations to 'style' were often not what purists would applaud. So, often where there is no known architect for a home of modest means, it is because it was a builder/contractor job and one of many like it, and there was no attempt to conform to a true style. The bungalow, for example, was adapted in hundreds of ways throught the USA, but many of them barely resemble the 'style', so use of style names is often more a convenience than any architectural truism. Don't berate yourself if you cannot quite determine the Style of a structure; many times there isn't any.

 
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