Term: period revival (architecture)
a term often used to describe a wide range of past motifs and styles from which architects borrowed during the first four decades of the twentieth century, but particularly during the 1920s. Many of the best designs of the period are not historically "correct" copies of a mannerism but are the architect's creative interpretation of the style. Whenever possible, the use of the term "Period Revival" should be supplemented with a description of the more specific revival style(s) employed by the architect. These include Period Georgian Revival, borrowed from the classical forms of Georgian and Federal architecture; Period Colonial Revival, less formal or specific to the Georgian and Federal models; Dutch Colonial Revival, readily identifiable by its gambrel roof, sometimes terminating in flared eaves; Tudor and Elizabethan Revival, characterized by ornamental half-timbering applied over a conventional balloon frame structure and filled in with stucco or brick; and Neo-Gothic Revival, a subdued form of Gothic Revival in comparison with the polychrome and heavy detailing of the High Victorian Gothic.
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[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986).