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Atlanta Homes Styles: Predominant Atlanta Architecture

Posted by Martin Archacki on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 8:42am.

atlanta home stylesAtlanta has a rich history, and along with it has come a number of different styles of homes. Over the years, Atlanta residents have chosen to live in historical homes from the city’s earliest years, or to build new homes in the spirit of area’s architecture. The variety of homes available makes shopping for a house an exciting endeavor. From elaborate Queen Anne homes to open Craftsman bungalows, homeowners can find a home that suits their tastes and their needs.

Which style of home is your favorite?

Queen Anne Victorian

queen anne homes in AtlantaThese homes are either the classic style, having been constructed in the late 19th or early 20th century, or they come in the form of Queen Anne revival houses. Elaborate detailing is key in Queen Anne architecture. Scalloped eaves rim the front porches, and towers create asymmetrical appeal to the homes’ planes.

Atlanta’s Inman Park and Grant Park are examples of neighborhoods that feature original builds of this style of home.

Georgian Colonial

colonial homes atlantaThe beauty of Georgian Colonial homes come from its simple symmetry. These homes are characterized by brick facades or wood clapboards, gable roofs and tall chimneys. The windows are placed at even intervals and create clean, appealing lines. The masonry details, particularly the corners joined by quoins, are key in distinguishing these homes from the federal style.

Druid Hills is one of the communities fortunate enough to be lined with Georgian Colonial style homes.


federal style home atlantaThese homes greatly resemble the Georgian Colonial, but come from a later time frame. They are quite similar on the exterior, with far simpler interiors. Marked differences include chimney placement—from two center points as opposed to on the ends—and circular windows were introduced. The homes often have columns and shuttered windows. Some of the homes have tidewater influences, that is, homes designed with wrap-around covered porches to combat the heat and humidity.

These stunning homes can be found in the city’s Avondale Estates.


craftsman, arts and crafts homesBeginning as a movement to use natural and locally sourced materials, the Craftsman style features bungalows and two-stories with an open layout adorned with wainscoting and exposed rafters. Porches are also a feature of craftsman homes, but instead of classical columns, these homes take on a square column under a low-pitched, gable roof.

Craftsman homes can be found in neighborhoods such as Tucker, Smyrna, and Marietta.



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