French Eclectic

The French Eclectic style was popular from 1915 to 1945. this style combines a variety of French details and forms but is most notably characterized by its steeply pitched, hipped roof, often with flared eaves. The structures are constructed of stucco, brick or stone. There are two types of structures that make up this style: the symmetrical, formal style and the asymmetrical, informal style. The asymmetrical style is patterned after rural Norman farmhouses. These buildings are typically L-shaped in plan and are characterized by an off-center entry. Many times there is a cylindrical tower that has a steep conical roof and the structure may also include half timbering. This style is similar to the Tudor style but does not have a front facing gable roof. The symmetrical style is usually rectangular and regular with the front entry generally placed in the middle of the structure. The roof usually has the ridge running parallel to the front of the building. Dormers, which are common, can be gabled, hipped or arched and may break the roof cornice line.