This thread is influenced by Super Amputee Cat's recent thread about vernacular houses in Toledo
All of the examples pictured below are within a half mile of my parents' house in Amherst, New York; some are on the same street. This style of residential architecture is quite common in Buffalo's northern suburbs; specifically Amherst and Tonawanda. They're far less common in the city's eastern and southern suburbs. Most were built from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. I haven't encountered anything similar elsewhere.
I've nicknamed the style "Northtown Neo-Roman", since examples seem to evoke Italian residential architecture. Granted, it's brick and siding, and not sunwashed stucco, but it's easy to see the similarity. There has to be something more academic and official, though, and Buffalo surely can't be the only part of the US to have houses like this. Or ...is this the first documentation of a regional contemporary residential architectural style?
- Light colored brick (standard modular or Roman) on the front elevation
- White aluminum or vinyl siding on side and rear elevations
- Hip roof, usually with a low pitch and large eaves
- Windows either don't have mullions, or they have a snap-in diagonal mullion pattern grid.
- May have a Palladian motif fenestration outline on first floor facade windows, but fitted with standard rectangular windows.
- May have a two-story window, and/or window above the front door, used to bring light to a two-story foyer.
- Usually little or no articularion of the facade, except where an attached garage meets the house.