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4 months ago

The Architectural Styles of Walsh: Mediterranean

By Diann Nichols

 

As Fort Worth neighborhoods flourished in the 1920s, a different style of architecture became exceedingly prominent in these new neighborhoods. Influenced by Spanish Colonial houses, this new style of Mediterranean homes was vastly popular in southern climates.

Taking a cue from the conventional adobe haciendas found in areas influenced by Spanish colonies, these stucco homes were characterized by red or brown clay Spanish tiles on low-pitched roofs. Ornate iron grillwork often covered the windows and heavy wooden doors. Archways were popular, as were porticos and balconies.

These homes had a light, airy appearance that was perfect for the hot Texas summers. Usually painted a crisp white, many featured curved outdoor staircases, with handcrafted wrought iron railings, leading to second-floor arcades or walkways.

Courtyards planted with lush green plants or brightly colored flowers created a perfect outdoor gathering place, with multi-tiered fountains or fireplaces as the main attraction. Large porches surrounding the courtyards provided sheltered areas and shade. Exposed wooden beams and intricate woodwork lined these porches. Large, square chimneys stood tall above the rooflines with finely crafted arched windows and decorative moldings creating a visually dramatic skyline.

The Mediterranean homes at Walsh will feature the traditional cast stone or wooden window and door surrounds to create a stunning entrance. Details such as iron finial caps, decorative window grillwork and small round or hexagonal windows will give this style its unique flair. The open, airy feel of these homes are a perfect addition to the Walsh outdoor living lifestyle.