|French Provincial style in a fairly modest incarnation--restrained, yet stately.
|French Provincial features (facades are seldom this symmetrical).
|French Provincial with a Normandy influence.
|French Provincial suburban style,
rather low-end for a style than
often yearns toward the grandiose.
In this country, the style came sandwiched between the wars as we searched diligently for a truly "American" housing style ironically by imitating our European cousins. After the war, as we seemed to "find" our own style in places like Levittown, New York, and its carbon copy suburbs outside ever other city in the country, we became deeply introspective, rejecting as impractical, or uneconomic, or even vaguely un-American, anything more lavish than the ubiquitous, all-American, sparkling white, vanilla-flavored, ranch-style bungalow. But that's another story. French Provincial is but one more eclectic influence able to banish the bland, thus flavoring American domestic architecture.
|French Provincial country style--
one might almost expect a cow to
stick her head in an open window.