These classic and timeless designs originated from port cities; like New Orleans, Savannah, Charleston, and Galveston. With generous front porches and rear/side/recessed garages — every home’s architecture takes center stage and encourages neighborly interactions.
The classical style derives much of its character and elements from the tradition of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, although the details are adapted to reflect different construction materials (typically marble and limestone in the original). Brick and wood siding are appropriate materials, with stone as an accent material.
The Victorian style derives from the mid to late 19th century, and thus has numerous precedents in this part of the country. It is a style well-suited for the ease and flexibility of wood framed construction, and can range from the modest to the exuberant in its overall expression. Wood siding is the most suitable material, although stone may be used as an accent material.
The Craftsman style is distinctly American design, although it derives from a number of foreign influences ranging from English cottages to Japanese teahouses. It was frequently used for the bungalow-style cottages of the earliest residential suburbs. It was designed to be easily built and emphasized woods construction, which included quality carpentry in its details.