Colonials updating classic america

Many of our earliest buildings in the countryside, towns and cities were disappearing, either being torn down for newer buildings, or allowed to decay from abandonment and disuse.

Because of this new interest in our patriotic past, buildings were saved, a valuable sentiment in an age of rampant growth.

The Colonial Revival Style is the most dominate domestic building style of the first half of this century, and possibly one of the most diverse of all residential architecture.Marks Avenue in Crown Heights North, 1329-1337 Carroll Street in Crown Heights South, and in Midwood I in Lefferts Manor.In all of those examples, which are all quite different, while still being in the same style, the design elements that characterize the style are apparent.Many well-heeled people in the early 1900s took to decorating with spinning wheels prominently placed next to fireplaces, and other anachronistic antiques proudly displayed.Colonial style still evokes visions of bad decorating well into the 1950s and ’60s, with plaid couches, wagon wheel furniture and lighting, faux lanterns and pewter flagons displayed, perhaps near a fake flintlock rifle on the mantlepiece. Most of these houses, in cities, towns and suburbs, were well built, with wood burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, and all of the modern conveniences of the day.

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