Home Designs: Architectural Styles in New England (Part 3 – Tudor)

Previous posts in this series have looked at two of the most common, classical New England home designs: Colonials and Capes.

The next architectural style we'll examine arrived in the region later. While not as common as Colonials and Capes, Tudor homes bring a different look to New England neighborhoods, with architectural roots in Europe.

Tudor Style Home Designs

A Tudor façade re-creates the look of post-and-beam construction with tall narrow windows, and often features prominent cross-gables – sometimes at a variety of different heights in a single home. Tudor exterior walls commonly include both brick (or stone) and stucco materials.

While modest, inexpensive Capes are common  in New England, Tudor homes tend toward the larger end of the scale. That's in part because the highly decorative exterior style was more accessible to well-off builders and buyers.

The exposed exterior timber in a modern Tudor is not actually the framing of the house, but is purely decorative, and suggests medieval European building techniques.

Tudor homes were very popular in the area around the beginning of the 1900s, and continue to be built today, offering New England homeowners a more ornate look than the typical Cape or Colonial.