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Mission Revival Style Architecture

Posted by in Architecture | November 15, 2010
Mission Style Architecture

Pictured above: A combination of Mission Revival, Spanish, & Mediterranean architecture.

The Mission Revival Style was an architectural movement during the late 19th century that drew much of its inspiration from the Spanish missions along the coast of California from the late 18th and early 19th century.

As a result of its warmer climate, it is a style that is most frequently seen in the southwest and along California’s coastline from San Diego up through San Francisco. The Mission Revival style is also similar to its “cousin,” the Spanish Revival. It is relatively easy to identify the mission style, however, with its distinctive curved or shaped parapet (the wall extending up above the roof line) and – in ornate cases – one or two square towers representing a bell tower from a Mission church. Expect to see small roof overhangs (eaves) with visible rafter’s underneath, unlike Spanish Revival. Another similar architectural style is Pueblo Revival generally seen in the southwestern parts of the United States.

The most defining characteristics and architectural elements found within this style of architecture consist of roof parapets, simple stucco or plaster surfaces, broad wide eaves, exposed rafters, thick arches, arched entry and windows, round windows, low-pitched clay roofs, covered walkways or exterior arcades, tile, iron, and wood elements.

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