Background on Spanish Mission and Spanish Colonial Revival
The revival of
interest in the architecture style of early Spanish Missions began in southern California in the late 19th century, but
swept to other parts of the United States by the early 20th century. With red tile roof and stucco walls, the hallmark
of the Spanish Mission Revival style is the use of serpentine parapet walls and dormers as well as mock bell towers that
evoked the original California missions of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Spanish Mission Revival was later followed in the 1920s by a revived interest in Spanish
Colonial architecture in general. The Spanish Colonial Revival also employs a tile roof, stucco exterior and rounded
arch windows, but eliminated such details as the curved parapet roof and towers found in the Spanish Mission style.
The Spanish Colonial Revival often used steel casement windows that were popular in the 1920s and '30s.
Nearby Spanish Colonial Revival Landmarks
|Vanderbilt Mansion, Centerport, Long Island, NY
The Vanderbilt Mansion, called "Eagle's Nest" by its original owner William K. Vanderbilt, was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style by
the New York architectural firm Warren & Wetmore. It was built in three stages between 1910 and 1936.
|Caramoor, Katonah, New York
|Caramoor is best known as the site of a summer concert series. Often overlooked is the house, 20 rooms of which are
maintained as a museum open to the public. The house was designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style by
Christian Rosberg and built between 1929 and 1939 to showcase the owners' extensive art collection.