I mean it when I say that I hit the brakes to admire this building. it is the only house I have ever seen that has a simulated thatched roof…a cutting edge style to make the Tudor Revival cottages built in the early 1900’s look more like cottages…very sweet. I took this picture last fall on my way to an event that was a little out of the way from where I normally trek.
Anyway, this style is one of my favorite revival styles at the turn of the century. To install this type of roof took special skill to make the roof’s edge look as if was rolled over to simulate the look of a thick thatched roof, so it was not commonly done. Most Tudors I see have regular shingles on their steeply pitched roofs.
What I also like about this house is the mix of different façade treatments on the house that is also a hallmark of this style. The stone facing on the front of the building appears to be dominant on the front, but it also shares space with the wood and stucco faced dormer on the second story, and the mix of wood and stucco treatment on the side of the building. This true to the overall style of the building. How do I know it is a newer building and not one of the older building? Mostly from the chimneys…If it were older it would have more of them, since they also used fireplaces for cooking, but I am just dating it from looking at the house style books recommended on my blog and from experience cataloging this style of house for several years in the west, where they were much more popular. It is also larger than the typical early home, although it could be a renovation of an earlier home to look like a Tudor Revival…. I’m sure that the owners would have thought I was crazy if I actually had the nerve to stop and knock on the door…and now that I have a new camera, maybe I will.