Here are some descriptions of Home Styles found in historic neighborhoods throughout Oklahoma City. (Image Gallery at the bottom)
“Tudor” or late Medieval English-inspired design rapidly became one of the most fashionable architectural styles for dwellings of varying sizes during the 1920s. Its rapid rise in favor coincided with the perfection of brick veneering technology that allowed builders to inexpensively mimic the relatively complicated brick and stone exteriors seen on the historic English prototypes. Tudor houses in Oklahoma City have steeply pitched side or front gable roofs with multiple cross gables usually sheathed in false (decorative) half-timbering; tall, narrow, often grouped windows that are a combination of multiple paned wood or steel casement and wood double-hung types; and prominent, often front facing, chimneys with decorative chimney pots. Of particular note in several local historic districts is the generous use of fieldstone and clinker brick (irregularly shaped brick that was over-burned in the kiln) interspersed with face brick laid in tapestry, or subtly multi-colored, patterns.
Entry doorways, often recessed with little more than a covered stoop as opposed to a large porch, are often surrounded by contrasting stone or clinker brick, giving a quoining effect, and are often round arched or topped by a Tudor (flattened point) arch, matched in shape by the door itself and the screen door as well. Larger open porches are often located to the side of the primary dwelling entry, on a prominent front-facing corner of the house.
The “Bungalow” house style of architecture is a single family house type whose popularity grew in the western United States at the turn-of-the-century. Bungalows offered low cost, simple living quarters with an artistic touch to many Americans getting by on modest means. With its special features – style, convenience, simplicity, sound construction, and excellent plumbing – the bungalow filled more than the need for shelter. It provided fulfillment of the American dream.
Types of Bungalows include California, Arts & Crafts (Craftsman), Mission, Tudor, Prairie, Pueblo, Chicago, Cape Cod, and Moderne. Bungalow identifying features include an overall architecture which has a low profile with prominent horizontal accents and usually no more than one and one-half stories.