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(circa 1900-1925)

The American Foursquare is an American house style popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. A reaction to the ornate and mass-produced elements of the Victorian and other Revival styles popular throughout the last half of the 19th century, the American Foursquare was plain, often incorporating handcrafted "honest" woodwork (unless purchased from a mail-order catalog). This style incorporates elements of the Prairie School and the Craftsman styles. 

The hallmarks of the style include a basically square, boxy design, two-and-one-half stories high, usually with four large, boxy rooms to a floor, a center dormer, and a large front porch with wide stairs. The boxy shape provides a maximum amount of interior room space, to use a small city lot to best advantage. 


Wikipedia contributors, "American Foursquare," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia 

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"Modern Home No. 52," a typical mail-order American Foursquare house sold by Sears. From the Sears Modern Homes Mail Order Catalog, between 1908 and 1914.

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