Tudors are the classic example of British architecture, recognizable by their elaborate details, multi-paned windows and mix of exterior claddings. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of the Tudor is the oft-used half-timbering on stucco—an instantly recognizable feature.
This historic home featuring Marvin Infinity casement windows exemplifies how false half-timbering is used to
add variety and detail to the exterior.
Tudors are commonly asymmetrical, lending to their charm. To add balance, windows are placed in symmetrical groupings, and repeated details, like diamond-shaped window panes, are sprinkled throughout the exterior to create a sense of cohesion.
Tudors were popular nationwide between the late-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries; but it’s no surprise that the Midwest, given it’s harsh winters and heavy snowfall, would embrace the Tudor, whose high pitched roofs prevent snow and ice build-up.
Tudor Window Features
Multi-paned, often in a diamond pattern
Square or rectangle in shape, but sometimes domed
This square multi-paned casement window from Marvin Integrity perfectly embodies the Tudor aesthetic. Despite
the amount of details in the window panes and half-timbering, it still feels simple, clean and classic. The rich, dark
brown is also characteristic of Tudors, which tend to balance light-colored stuccoing with darker materials.
In line with their asymmetrical exteriors, some Tudors feature turrets, shown here from the interior. For a more
contemporary look that still pays homage to the original style, consider domed windows, like these Marvin Integrity
Wood Ultrex Round Top windows.
A contemporary, American rendition of the Tudor style, shown with Marvin Integrity Wood Ultrex Round Top windows.
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