Spotting revival-style architecture in Nashville

We’re diving into the fourth installation of Metro’s Old House Series and uncovering the history of revival-style homes in Nashville, as well as where to find some for sale today.

A small, white, brick home that comes to three triangular points in the middle and on the two sides. It has an arched doorway and is surrounded by a white pickett fence.

If you’ve been loving the “cottage core” lifestyle, a tudor-style home might be right for you.

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The revival of this architecture style, which was popularized between 1900 and 1945, isn’t hard to pick out when driving through Nashville neighborhoods from East to Hillsboro-West End and beyond.

Tag along with us in the passenger seat as we uncover the history behind the era on the fourth stop in our Old House Series.

🔨 Where did it come from?

Nashville showed up fashionably late to the party. Though Dutch Colonial Revival styles began appearing in the 1880s across the US, it wasn’t until the 1920s when the look was popularized in Music City. The design imitates a “patriotic nostalgia,” which was largely credited to America’s centennial celebration in 1876.

The Tudor Revival emerged a little sooner in the early 1900s, drawing “loosely upon Medieval English architecture” and made easily accessible via 20th century mail-order catalogs.

A gray home with two, small white pillars at the entrance. The roof comes up like a triangular roof would, but is flattened out at the top.

This home is a good example of what the Dutch Colonial Revival looks like.

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🔍 Spot that style

  • English Colonial | Symmetrical patterns and a rectangular plan featuring double-hung windows with multi-pane upper sashes and single-pane lower sashes.
  • Dutch Colonial | Front or side-facing gambrel roofs with dormer windows
  • Tudor | Cross-gable layout with steeply-pitched roofs, tall narrow windows, massive chimneys, and round-arched doorways.

🏡 Love it? Live it

If you like what you’re reading, check out some Revival-style homes on the market today.

  • Hillsboro Village Tudor | $750,000 | 3BD, 2 BA | Upstairs primary suite with new custom walk-in closet
  • East Nashville Tudor | $974,900 | 5BD, 3BA | Fully-fenced circular driveway with iron gate entry
  • Green Hills Tudor | $1,575,000 | 4BD, 3 BA | Screened porch, main level suite with a private entrance, and a two-car detached garage
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