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A Brief Yet Fun Look at the History of Georgetown’s Architecture

Last modified on August 29th, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Get A Brief Yet Fun Look at the History of Georgetown’s Architecture

Georgetown is rich in history and focusing on just the architecture will make a fun article people will want to read.Gardens at Verde Vista can be tied in easily if this has any influence on the builders or can be incorporated in the customization of a new home.

The city of Georgetown, Texas offers a unique look at architectural history in America – from its well-preserved Victorian homes to the bungalows of the early 20th century to the modern styles of the past several decades.  Exploring the streets of downtown Georgetown and the surrounding area, you’ll be inspired by the past and the present – just as Spicewood Communities was while creating and building/developing its newest low maintenance garden home and villa community, the Gardens at Verde Vista.

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Founded in 1848, the early frontier homes of Georgetown were mostly log cabins or wooden shacks; but, as commerce and government flourished in the newly appointed county seat, architecture took on a new measure of affluence.  Masonry with limestone became a popular building material versus wood construction in the late 1800s, and many of the original limestone buildings in downtown Georgetown not only stand today but are also restored to their original grandeur.

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Between 1880 and the 1910s, the city experienced a boom of high-style new homes and commercial buildings constructed throughout the city, which featured popular revival styles including Queen Anne, Italianate, Gothic Revival, and Second Empire. Many examples of these ornate homes and buildings still stand today – including the Italianate style Dilley-Tinnin Home at 1220 S. Austin Avenue built in 1879 and featuring a unique third story tower, arched window panes, bracketed cornices and bay windows.  Prolific local architect and builder Charles S. Belford’s home was built in 1896 in the Queen Anne style, is located at 1230 S. Austin Avenue, and features a beautiful wraparound porch, stone piers supporting Greek-style half columns and a corner turret. Both the Williamson County jail built in 1888 by Dodson & Dudley and the Administration building on Southwestern University campus completed in 1900 by Layton & Raymond are elaborate limestone structures built in the Gothic Revival styles.

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Though the high-style homes and commercial buildings were popular during this period, the vernacular traditional homes including the Prairie School and increasingly popular Bungalow style homes also prevailed in the late 1890s and well into the 1930s. C.S. Belford and his main competitor, C.S. Griffith were both responsible for the large number of Bungalow style homes that still adorn the streets of Georgetown.  The C.B. Atkinson House at 911 Walnut Street, designed and built by Belford Lumber Co. in 1915, is a great example of the bungalow style home with its inset porch, gabled roof, cobblestone piers and three-sided window bay.  The Judge Cooper Sansom House at 1252 Main Street and the A.W. Sillure House at 1414 Ash Street, built again by Belford and featuring the characteristic two-story home with wide overhanging eaves and expansive front porches, are both prime examples of the Prairie School style.

The careful restoration and dedication to preserving the architectural history of Georgetown is evident as you tour the streets of the city with its’ more than 180 registered historical homes and buildings throughout the city. These exceptional homes of the past are what continue to inspire the well-designed modern homes of today. You’ll find reflections of classical details blended expertly with more modern architectural treatments throughout the garden homes and villas in our new Gardens at Verde Vista community. Contact us today to learn more.

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