About How Old is My American House
The history and growth of America can be seen by studying it’s houses. As early settlers arrived, they bought with them their building techniques and architectural styles. Then over time these became the American Colonial style and eventually borrowing from Europe and South America the American architects using local materials developed a plethora of house styles.
Of course, many factors including the availability of local materials and geography were to play a part in the design of these homes and that led to so many regional as well as national variations in architectural styles.
All of this makes it difficult to pin down the exact date when one style was replaced by another so the time frames used here are an amalgam of the commonly agreed and popular dates used by the experts in this field. Beware however even experts disagree.
This is not meant to be a definitive answer to how old is my house but more a set of clues to help you decide when it may have been built. it is in response to many requests for an American equivalent to the UK version of How old is my House and is aimed at house historians, house holders who are interested in their homes history and schools and colleges who need quick and easy reference to house styles.
1921 CENSUS has arrived
Taken on 19 June 1921, The 1921 Census of England and Wales has been locked away for over a century. Until now. The 1921 Census is now available online exclusively at Findmypast.
We provide some quick links to the most important pages below-
Main 1921 Census Landing page
1921 Employer search:
1921 Address search:
American House Styles
Click on the house style below to find out more
Colonial Revival Style
Spanish Colonial Revival Style
Art & Crafts Style
Glossary of Architectural terms used