The English style developed as a derivative of Medieval Revival architecture based on Elizabethan English and Jacobean styles adapted to the Queen Ann home. As the style evolved, it began to emulate the English Renaissance styles of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Across the country, streetscapes of upscale neighborhoods are home to timeless expressions of English architectural character. Following this precedent, English will be one of four architectural styles found in Meadowbrook Park.
Influenced by the late Medieval Revival architecture of England, the English home today often includes complementary influences from multiple time periods. Steeply pitched roofs with crossing gables are punctuated by intricately decorated chimneys. Distinctive brick detailing, tall, narrow windows, semi-hexagonal bays and oriel windows typify the style.
The English home is usually two, two and one-half or three-story, with the upper floor(s) occurring at least partially within the roof mass. Homes are clad in handmade brick, stone or light colored stucco, often in a combination of these materials. Steeply pitched gabled roofs are typically finished in slate, flat tile or wood shingles.
Essential Elements of the English Style:
- Asymmetrical massings. Typically, a gable roof forms the main body which commonly runs parallel with street with one or more overlapping cross gables.
- Cornice and brick details reference historical precedent.
- Windows have a vertical proportion and are typically casement or fixed. Windows are commonly seen in pairs or multiples and stacked with sequential proportions.
- Artfully crafted timber and infill brick detailing at gable elevations.
- Articulated and prominently located chimneys.
- Hardscape or landscape terraces are encouraged to provide separation from the public realm.