Tudor Home Architectural Style


Tudor remodeling Minneapolis style is the most predominant remodeling choices, and can be seen spread throughout inner city and suburb alike. Many of the more elegant renderings overlook the Minneapolis lakes. Others are as sprawling and asymmetrical as the southside of Minneapolis, whose Tudors often feature stonework etched into the front door and/or the steps, and sometimes even the chimney. Art Deco architecture coexisted with the Tudor Revival and influenced the interior decorating, with wall sconces lighting up both interiors and exteriors. However, Tudor sensibility lay in sharp contrast to commercial Art-Deco buildings, of which the Foshay Tower is the infamous local example.

Named after England’s Tudor dynasty (which ruled from 1485 until 1603), Tudor architecture arose just as the influence of medieval architecture was fading. The style subsequently flourished for more than 100 years.

Tudor homes of the wealthy were characterized by plentiful masonry (both brick and often hand-riven, recycled stone). Two important features at the time included four-centered arches and large oriel, or bay, windows. The buildings also had curvilinear gables, hammerbeam roofs, large chimneys and fireplaces, and even galleries to display art and tapestries. Ornamentation such as riddles or Catholic symbols, such as the trinity, was sometimes designed into the building to entertain guests.

Lower classes, of course, could not afford those palatial mansions, instead inhabiting scaled-down models of the Tudor style that they built using primarily timber. And on the outside chance these simpler quarters weren’t enough to indicate one’s economic status, the telltale privy, or outhouse, in the back was a dead giveaway.

Famous public examples of Tudor architecture include Windsor Castle and the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey.

Tudorbethan style, later called Mock Tudor, first became popular in domestic architecture in the United Kingdom in the mid to late 19th century. This Tudor revival rebelled against the other revival going on in the second half of the 1800s — the extravagant Victorian movement. Tudorbethan was also a reaction against the mass production that was transforming industry.

The long-lived Tudor influence eventually spread to other countries, including the United States. Not surprisingly, American Tudor homes are free-reign versions of English Tudor architecture. This rebirth took hold during the Roaring Twenties, reaching the height of its popularity during the Great Depression. A sign of the hard times, some of these Tudors are non-pretentious enough to resemble humble medieval cottages — going so far as to be occasionally topped with a thatched roof. Nowadays, the centuries-old European stone exteriors are no more; they have been replaced by white stucco or brick; roofs and gables are steeply pitched; half-timbering is common on the second floor; and windows are long and narrow or multi-paned bays.

Inside, most Tudors have fireplaces, a large dining room (a nod to the great halls of their European forebears), and one or more rooms with bay windows projecting outward.

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