Colonial Revival is used to describe houses based on designs from the Colonial period in American history. Georgian Colonial Revival and Dutch Colonial Revival are among common types of the style, which is distinguished by classical detailing and simplicity of form.


Georgian Colonial Revival houses were meant to resemble those of the Georgian style, an elaborate style of the 18th century. A Georgian Colonial Revival house typically has a three-bay symmetrical facade and a gable or hip roof. Siding is brick or clapboard. Details may include swan’s heck pediments (a type of pediment with curved sides, used as a decorative element over windows and doors), pilasters, Palladian windows (a group of three windows in which the middle one is wider, taller and usually arched), columned porticos, dormer windows, classical entablatures, and doors with sidelights and transoms. A simpler version of the Georgian Colonial Revival is common in Cincinnati: is square or rectangular in plan; two-and-a-half stories high; a two bay facade sided with brick or clapboard; a classical columned or brick piered porch; Palladian windows; and, a transomed door and a dormer window, which often has classical detailing such as pilasters and pediments. Windows on the first floor of the facade are usually larger than other windows, and transomed.