Examples of architectural design in the United States include Colonial, Neoclassical, Gothic Revival, skyscrapers of the Chicago School and Frontier architecture. Architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright developed new styles of architecture for the nation, and Postmodernism and Deconstructivism made their impact on style in the late 20th century.Continue Reading
The period of Colonial Architecture was prominent from about 1600 to 1720. The style had some variations, as Spanish, English, Scots-Irish, Dutch and German immigrants brought elements of their homeland to the New World. Subsets include the Baroque-inspired Spanish colonial architecture and New England colonial architecture, the latter consisting of oak frames and clapboard siding.
Neoclassical Architecture was popular during the late 18th through the early 20th centuries, and included both the Federal Style and the Greek Revival Style. The Gothic Revival of the 19th century produced St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore and St. Peter's at Waterford, Pennsylvania.
The skyscrapers of the Chicago school were part of a movement to produce stone and steel buildings as part of the city rebuilding effort after the Chicago fire of 1871. The organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright consisted of parts of the building being in a fluid harmony with each other and the environment. Postmoderism emerged as a way to combine several different styles.Learn more about Architecture