Right Style, Right Remodel: Spanish Revivals

From on March 10, 2008 in General

Spanish RevivalSpanish revival homes bring a touch of Spain into your own backyard, or more appropriately for this style, your courtyard. Known for classic elements such as the central courtyard, arches above doors and windows, stucco siding, and red tile roofs, these homes characterize refinement and beauty through simple and timeless features.

But the style is far more versatile than many of us imagine, as our interviews from two different experts will show. While the traditional is highly valued, reinvention has also brought its share of playfulness and malleability to these homes. Spanish revival homes also shine in the era of environmental awareness, as many of their features are intrinsically green.

This week, we’ll talk with architect Diane Wilk of Michael Burch Architects. Diane is the former Director of Graduate Programs in Architecture & Urban Design at University of Colorado and a visiting critic at Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Syracuse University, and U.C. Berkeley. She’s published numerous articles on architectural landscape and history. We’ll also talk with architect Arrol Gellner, who has published numerous books and articles on architecture, as well as writing the nationally-syndicated architecture column, Architext. Gellner is a Cum Laude graduate of the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.

It’s interesting to see the way their opinions differ and mesh on topics such as Spanish Revival roofs, windows, and personality. At the same time, both architects have the most important thing in common (for our purposes, that is): a love and knowledge for the Spanish Revival home that stems from decades of experience. We hope you join us for an exciting week on Right Style, Right Remodel!

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