(Illustrations: Francelyn Fernandez)
Ships Coffee, Culver City, Calif.
Defined by: kitsch; neon; geometric shapes; Atomic/Space Age influence and imagery; common for motels, diners, gas stations, bowling alleys.
Context: Flamboyant and fun, it's meant to get your attention and is tied to the culture of Route 66. It's also a favorite of Ms. Groesbeck.
You think it’s Victorian ... but it's not
Defined by: asymmetry; complicated rooflines; towers; porches; ginger breading.
Context: "Victorian" is an era, not an architectural style, but if someone describes a house as "Victorian," they probably mean Queen Anne.
Every bungalow you've ever seen
Defined by: low-pitched roofs; porch; horizontal lines solid columns (often stone) in front.
Context: A uniquely American style, its name comes from the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th century, which rejected anything that looked mass-produced.
Woodrow Wilson House, Washington, D.C.
Defined by: symmetry; plain facades; centered, decorative doorways; often brick.
Context: It's everywhere, typically residential, and came into vogue around 1876 as a result of the centennial. Ms. Groesbeck jokes that "it's the style that won't quit."
Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Defined by: mansard roof; dormer windows; molded cornice below the roofline.
Context: It's named for the Second French Empire, which lasted from 1852 to 1870. The Second Empire style stayed popular for another 10 years or so.
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