Bay Area Home Styles: Spotlight on the Tudor (and Tudor Revival)

A Tudor-style home in La Canada Flintridge, California.

This is the fifth installment in a series of bimonthly posts about architecture styles, each dedicated to a popular home type that can be found in the Bay Area.

With its steep, gabled roof; embellished, arched doorway; and castlelike appearance, the Tudor-style home shines with storybook charm.

The Tudor-style home technically refers to medieval English (1485-1603) architecture; therefore, Tudor Revival is a more accurate name for this style of home built outside of that time period. The Tudor Revival home reached the peak of its popularity in the United States from 1890 to 1940. This style is often referred to as Mock Tudor in the U.K.

Common elements of the Tudor home include:

  • Stucco walls
  • Decorative stone and brickwork
  • Steeply pitched gable roofs
  • Tall mullioned windows
  • Decorative half-timbering (exposed wood framework with spaces filled with masonry or stucco)
  • Elaborate masonry chimneys
  • Embellished doorways

Tudor is one of the most recognizable styles of architecture, and this style of home can be found all over the country, with properties ranging in size from cozy cottages to grand estates.

According to, “The Tudor style fell out of popularity around World War II when a resurgence of patriotism encouraged an appreciation for a more American style, that is, Colonial Revival. Tudor architecture was also expensive to build, not easily replicated, and prone to maintenance issues.”

“Tudor Style got a bad and largely undeserved reputation after World War II for being difficult to build, probably because the style didn’t fit well with the mass-production homebuilding techniques developed in the late 1940s and 1950s,” an RTA Studio blog post says. A few of the reasons to love a Tudor, according to the post: when built well, they are sturdy and long-lasting; their details are interesting; their style is flexible; and they look handcrafted, which can be uncommon in contemporary homes.

Traditional Home has a few suggestions about how to style and design the interior of a Tudor home: Retain and celebrate exposed ceiling beams, arched doorways, wall paneling, flagstone fireplaces and mantels; choose a warm paint color with a brown base; furnish rooms with heavy, ornate furniture; and decorate with thick fabrics and tapestries.

You can read more about key elements of the Tudor Revival style on the HGTV website.  And visit this Pinterest page to see a gallery of Tudor homes.

The Tudor home is a thing of beauty — rich, ornate, and warm with its dark woods, stately arches, peaks, and ornate ironwork. If you are a house hunter looking for the perfect Tudor, we hope you find the castle of your dreams. And, if you are already a Tudor dweller, congratulations on your royal estate.

(Photo: Flickr/Karol Franks)

Sign Up for Daily Blog Updates

Receive daily blog posts from Compass in your inbox.


Sign Up for Daily Blog Updates


© 2022 Compass   DRE 01866771   Terms & Privacy