Tudor Revival: The Popularization of a 16th-Century Architectural Style in 20th-Century America

Example of Tudor Revival house in the Greenhaven neighborhood of Rye, New York.
Example of Tudor Revival house in the Greenhaven neighborhood of Rye, New York.

Tudor architecture is an ambiguous term and its definition has changed many times since the style emerged in England around 1530. Originally, this term referred to the architectural style of any house or manor constructed in the age of the Tudor dynasty, but after multiple revivals in England and America, it is now associated with wealth, power and stability, evoking a particular image of a large estate with white and black contrast on the facade and stone chimneys. Why was an architectural “style” used to construct commoners’ houses in sixteenth-century England revived and popularized in twentieth-century America as a representation of wealth and gentile living? Continue reading

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