Architectual Style Check List

  1. What shape is the house, overall?
    • Rectangular and symmetrical: National, Colonial, Neoclassical, Greek Revival, Italianate
    • Square and box-like: American Foursquare
    • L-shaped: Folk and National styles
    • Complicated and asymmetrical: Queen Anne and other Victorian styles, Chateauesque
    • Rounded corners: Pueblo, Art Moderne
    • Single story or 1½ story: Cape Cod, Ranch, Craftsman, Cottage styles
  2. Does the roof have any of these features?
    • Unusually steep pitch: Gothic Revival and other Victorian styles, Tudor
    • Unusually low pitch: Craftsman, Prairie, Ranch, Monterey, and Spanish styles
    • Flat: Italianate, Beaux Arts, Pueblo, Mediterranean, and Modernistic
    • Gambrel: Dutch Colonial
    • Mansard: Second Empire and other French-inspired styles
    • Hipped: American Foursquare, Colonial styles, Victorian styles
    • Salt box: Colonial
    • Flared eaves: French styles, Craftsman, Prairie
    • Round towers: Queen Anne, Romanesque, Chateauesque, French styles
    • Cupolas: Italianate, Greek Revival, Second Empire
    • Rounded parapets: Mission
  3. Is the house sided with any of these materials?
    • Adobe: Pueblo, Monterey, Spanish Colonial Revival
    • Stucco: Mission, Tudor, Spanish styles
    • Rough stone: Romanesque
    • Patterned wood shingles: Victorian styles
    • Half-timbering: Tudor, Stick, Queen Anne
    • Cedar shingles: Victorian Shingle, Craftsman, Tudor
  4. Does the house have any of these window types?
    • Multi-paned: Adam, Georgian, Neoclassical
    • Diamond-paned: Tudor, Prairie
    • Palladian: Adam, Colonial Revival, Neoclassical
    • Round or elliptical: Adam, Neoclassical
    • Oriel: Tudor, Gothic Revival, Chateauesque
    • Casement: Tudor, Craftsman, Dutch Colonial, Spanish styles, modern styles
    • Pointed: Gothic Revival
    • Rounded with "eyebrow' hoods: Italianate
    • Fanlights: Adam, Neoclassical, Colonial Revival
  5. Do you notice any of these details?
    • Dentil moldings: Georgian, Adam, Colonial styles
    • Garlands or floral ornaments: Federal, Adam, Beaux Arts
    • Turned spindles: Queen Anne, Carpenter Gothic, Folk Victorian
    • Zigzags or chevrons: Art Deco
    • Shutters: Cape Cod and other Colonial styles
    • Round, fluted columns: Greek Revival, Adam, Neoclassical, Beaux Arts
    • Square or trapezoid porch supports: Craftsman, Prairie, Mission, American Foursquare
    • Little or no ornamentation: National and Folk styles, Cape Cod, Ranch, Modern styles
Source: National Association of Realtors

Will Nesbitt

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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.