Monday, February 14, 2011

Spanish Eclectic Houses in Atlanta

I just love taking walks in my neighborhood.

Thanks JingobyGee for the wonderful photo.
If I stay close to home I can see a zillion Tudors--all similar but no two alike.  If I go south, I can wander through Virginia Highland and ooh and aah over the great old Bungalows. And if I head kinda west there's a real different combination of styles.

One style I've started to appreciate and admire is sometimes called Spanish Revival or maybe Mediterranean or my personal favorite label: Spanish Eclectic.

Here's a really fine one from around 1930.
Please excuse my photo angles.  I was already worried about the neighbors calling the cops with me snapping pictures so I didn't dare make more of a spectacle of myself and try to get a better view. has a nice explanation of the style 
from a book, A Field Guide to American Houses, by Virginia and Lee McAlester.
I think I might need a copy of this book.

From the book some of the hallmarks of Spanish Eclectic:
•Low-pitched roof
•Red roof tiles
•Little or no overhanging eaves
•Stucco siding
•Arches, especially above doors, porch entries and main windows

This house has just about every one, don't you think?

Here's the beauty across the street.
They didn't mention palm trees as a hallmark, but I think it might be here in Atlanta.  I think palm trees keep the landscape in character.

The Field Guide  says some Spanish inspired homes have:

•Asymmetrical shape with cross-gables and side wings
•Flat roof and parapets
•Or, a hipped roof
•Carved doors
•Spiral columns and pilasters
•Carved stonework or cast ornaments
•Patterned tile floors and wall surfaces

Next door we have this hidden gem. (gotta be from 1920)

This house is really really hard to photograph.  It was for sale a couple of years ago and the poor agent had dreadful photos of the exterior.  There are just a lot of trees in the yard.

The colums by the front door and at the porch are spiraled--cool. This house just drips with details. I think this one might be more "Moorish" or "Egyptian". 

These Pretty Old Houses have a lot going on.

 Any opinions?

Down the street we have:


Note palm tree. 

and this new one

needs a palm tree in the worst way.