Spanish Colonial Architecture In Phoenix, Arizona
Spanish Colonial Architecture can also be known as Mediterranean Revival style as they both show strong Latin influences and foster a connection to nature.
Historic Phoenix Districts with Spanish Colonial Architecture
These homes are drop dead gorgeous and going into each one is different in so many ways. Therefore, it ever gets old viewing these unique homes.
Which Historic Phoenix Districts Have Spanish Colonial Revivals For Sale?
Some of the historic districts that offer Spanish Colonials are Encanto-Palmcroft, Los Olivos Historic District, North Encanto, F.Q. Story, Woodlea (by the Melrose District), Alvarado, Country Club Park and Willo.
A Spanish Colonial home is characteristically one with its environment, says Lisa Stacholy, of LKS Architects in Atlanta, Ga. The casual dwellings boast thick stuccoed walls, red tile roofs and enclosed courtyards that extend one’s living space.
The Spanish Conquistadores
“This style dates back to the tail end of the Spanish Conquistadores,” explains Stacholy. “It is what they knew how to build, and the style fit the environment.”
Slightly Different Styles with Similar Characteristics
As the style migrated throughout the then-Spanish territories, these homes began to veer away from the Spanish and Mexican originals.
Today’s Spanish Colonial
Today, the term Spanish Colonial Revival is used to describe homes built in the early 20th century that incorporate various elements of Mediterranean architecture. But, as with all true styles, these homes are linked by a set of common physical characteristics.
Common Features of the Spanish Colonial Revival:
- Built from Indigenous Components
Spanish Colonial homes might be made of adobe in the Southwest and coquina rock in Florida.
- Thick, Stucco-Clad Walls
These types of walls are situated for a hot environment. So, thick walls absorb the day’s heat and gently radiate it back into the building during the cool evenings.
- Small, Open Windows
Smaller windows, originally sealed by wrought iron grates rather than glass panes, are sited on the building to best capture breezes while avoiding the direct rays of the sun. Wooden shutters, when present, are traditionally mounted on the inside of the home.
- One Story
The Spanish Colonial is the ancestor of our ranch-style house.
- Limited Ornamentation
Ornamentation on these informal homes was often limited to arches on entryway’s, principal windows and interior passageways. But, more elaborate homes might feature intricate stone or tile work, detailed chimney tops and square towers.
- Wooden Support Beams
Wooden roof supports project out over the exterior walls in classic Spanish Colonials.
- Inner Courtyard
Historically, the courtyard let families move the cooking to accompany heat and steam outside. Today, these patios, porches and courtyards act as informal gathering spots for family, extended family and friends.
In hot, arid climates, stucco-clad adobe walls are remarkably long-lasting. However, when located in colder, wetter climates, adobe bricks can shrink and swell. This can the protective stucco to crack or pull away from the interior wall.
Spanish Colonial Architecture homes might require minor patches or complete resurfacing to prevent serious moisture problems. Cracked stucco can also be indicative of foundation issues.
Flat Roofs & Clay Roof Tiles
Many Spanish Colonials were built with flat roofs, which, when not drained properly, can leak. Clay-tile roof tiles are durable lifetime materials that require only periodic maintenance. Check regularly for cracked, missing or out-of-place tiles.
The Wooden Timbers
Stacholy says, “To me, Spanish Colonial homes are the type where you can’t help but feel comfortable, the kind where you kick off your shoes at the door and pad around in bare feet,”
Relaxing Home Environment
With plenty of alfresco gathering spaces, these rambling homes express a sense of relaxation and foster a connection to nature and the surrounding environment.
Where to Buy a Spanish Colonial House?
The style is prevalent in the toasty climates of Phoenix, AZ, Florida, California and the Southwest. Therefore, it’s more ideal to buy a Spanish Colonial home in the sunshine states.
By: Douglas Trattner, HGTV and edited by Laura Boyajian
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