Help! What Style is My Home? My Dream Home? Part Two


A Definitive Guide to Architectural Lingo…Continued!

Last year, I wrote about numerous architectural styles to help you understand what kind of home you own or what your favorite home style is. While I tackled everything from Bungalows to Tudor-style homes, there are even more styles to uncover and discuss. Architectural lingo can be confusing in real estate listings, so check out the popular styles described below and where you can find them in the Upstate!

Art Deco

Harkening back to the glamour and flare of years past, Art Deco architecture is inspired by a movement with the same name from the 1920s that flourished in America in the 1930s. The Art Deco style is also known as Style Moderne and is notable for its geometric themes and luxe ornamentation. Art Deco homes typically feature a flat roof, smooth stucco walls, rounded corners and flashy exterior decoration.

Bouharoun’s Fine Wine and Spirits is one of the only remaining art deco buildings in Greenville. It was built post WWII by Stanley Brown, a prominent beverage retailer in the area. Brown built the store in the middle of town to comply with a local ordinance mandating that liquor could only be sold within city limits. Source: Greenville Journal

Colonial Revival

If you prefer a more traditional home style a Colonial Revival might be up your alley. This timeless design style relies on classic elements and symmetry, as each side is a mirror image of the other. These properties usually feature the door in the center of the façade surrounded by numerous multi-pane windows. Brick or wood clapboard sidings are common.

Notable Greenville County Home: Robertson Mount Vernon House—6 Ashley Avenue

Source: Greenville News


People often believe contemporary and modern styles are interchangeable when, in fact, they are two different styles. Contemporary style refers to what is trending in homes currently being built. Newly constructed homes often feature indoor outdoor living areas, energy efficiency models, including utilizing sustainable materials, and incorporate significant natural light.

Visit any of Greenville’s new developments to get up-to-date on the latest trends in architecture, interior design and more!


Quaint, cozy cottage-style homes have quite a history to them. Named after “cotters” which were European peasant farmers from the Middle Ages, today’s cottage-style homes retain the same wood or stone siding style that would have been used then. In addition to their notable charm, cottages feature curved entryways and typically a gravel or brick front pathway.

Notable Greenville County Home: Historic Falls Cottage


The Farmhouse style originally wasn’t a style at all; it was all about the home’s function and location which was, quite literally, a house on a farm. While this type of home previously served a need, many of today’s “farmhouses” exude an informal and inviting tone. Farmhouses feature large, functional porches and open floor plans.

Notable Greenville County Home: Brushy Creek is an excellent example of a nineteenth century upcountry South Carolina farmhouse with twentieth century alterations and is associated with Vardry McBee (1775-1864), prominent nineteenth century businessman, entrepreneur and delegate to the Secession Convention of Greenville District known as the “Father of Greenville,” and his son Alexander McBee (1822-1897), prominent nineteenth-century businessman, banker and state representative of Greenville District.

Gothic Revival

Not as popular as some other revival styles, Gothic Revival characteristics can be found in many historical homes built in the mid-1800s during the romantic era. Gothic Revival homes feature all of the drama from original gothic architecture in Europe. Characteristics include steeply pitched roofs, stained glass and, of course, those famous Gothic arches.

Notable Greenville County Home: Former home of Charles H. Judson, one of Furman’s first professors. Built in 1850, it is located at 522 Cleveland Street and is currently for sale!


While Farmhouses were built out of functionality, Italianate style homes were built for their ornamentation. Inspired by the old, grand Italian villas in Europe, these homes were often built in the late 1800s, when many Italians were immigrating to America. Decoration is key in with this style, as most windows cornices, corbels and doorways are framed with embellishment.

Notable Greenville County Home: Historic Fountain Fox Beattie House


The prairie style home originated from Frank Lloyd Wright stemming from his idea that homes should be totally functional without being overtly showy. Many prairie homes are also inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. They feature long, flat roofs and horizontal lines.

Historical Neighborhood to Scout: East Park Historic District

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