One of the more popular architecture style of the colonists, the Georgian style of architecture can be found up and down the East Coast. It is mostly found in the New England area, but also made its way south into Kentucky. In fact, in Kentucky you can even tour some of the more popular Georgian style homes that are still standing.
Traits of Georgian Style
Georgian style is a blend of the simple and decorative. The basic structure of the house is square or rectangular in shape, and is very symmetrical. The front door is located right in the center of the front of the home, on the main floor. The sides of the door are usually flanked with flat columns on each side that matches the decorative crown above the door.
The roof has very little over hang and is pitched just enough for snow to slide off of it with medium ease.
The Windows of Georgian Style
The windows of the Georgian style house are generally one of the first things that people use to identify the architecture style. The 2nd floor has 5 windows across the front of the house and the main floor has 2 windows on each side of the front door.
The windows are usually double-hung sash windows. Each window is made up of 9-12 small window panes that are separated by thick grilles.
Some owners of Georgian style homes have made modern additions to their homes, so the windows may not match the historical architecture style. If you want to see the traditional window style, visit a designated historical neighborhood. These homes are required to retain the original architecture style of their homes through all renovations that may be needed.
Famous Lexington Georgian Style Home
The most famous Georgian style home in Lexington is the Mary Todd-Lincoln home. It was built between 1803 and 1806 and you can currently tour this home in the late spring through the end of November (http://www.visitlex.com/idea-guide/historic-homes/).
In addition to being able to enjoy the windows and architecture of the Georgian style on your tour, there are also gardens to walk through and personal possessions of Mary Lincoln-Todd and her family available for viewing.
If you have a Georgian style home or just like the look of the windows used on traditional Georgian style homes, we can assist with getting the right windows on your home. Contact us today for more information.