Soldiers returning from World War I brought back with them to North America a love for European architecture. One of those great loves were the French Provincial homes nestled in grand villas. The French Provincial homes can date it’s influence back to the reign of Louis XIV in mid-1600 in France. This style reflects the rural manor homes and chateaus built in that period.
French Provincial homes are largely distinguished by tall second story windows, often arched at the top, that break through the cornice and rise above the eaves. Roof pitches are steep and normally hipped. Copper and stone are materials frequently used in accents and finishes. The front door is normally a focal point in the home’s design. Other features include, balcony and porch balustrades, rectangle doors set in arched openings, and french casement windows with shutters.
Our French Provincial homes are elaborate and rich and portray formal facade. Grand stone arches at the porch create distinguished entrances to the front door; while simple massing allows for the character of the manor to show itself in the tall arched top windows. The elegant look of these homes displays a romantic side of architecture creating an estate like manor for refined living.