American Architecture of the 20th Century

A brief overview on home styles

Architectural styles

The styles covered in this directory are buildings designed and built from 1900 to about 1960.

This period is rich in style and texture as architects looked to the future with design innovations that were optimistic and influenced by international trends. At the same time, they continued to draw inspiration from the past and those traditional American styles that had become established in various regions.

From the International, Art Deco, and Moderne styles with their cosmopolitan flair and Bauhaus roots to the traditional Colonial Revival styles in its various guises, American architecture had something for everyone.

During this period, architects and builders frequently borrowed stylistic elements from various periods. In some respects it’s difficult to assign many homes any single style. As a result, all this stylistic freewheeling is accurately called American Eclectic.


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