The Mission style, although not considered an official style by many historians, can be seen in manyMediterraneanand Spanish-style homes of today. Built mainly inCaliforniaand developed in the 1800’s, this style focuses on harmony, simplicity, and the tradition of the area in which it is built.
Often just one story, theMissionstyle home is very natural and un-ornamental. It has whitewashed, stucco walls that are smoothed over, and a curvilinear roof gable that is red tiled, and has projecting eaves. The broad front double doors can be seen through an arched opening that is rounded and bold. Between the archway and the front door, there is an entry courtyard. This courtyard is completely enclosed, and has three archways: one in the middle that serves as the entry way, and two on the sides that are gated across, all of the same size.
There is an adobe chimney, one or more square bell towers, and round or clover-shaped windows. There are canals for rain water and a one-story-high porch, with large square pillars. There will often be a small balcony that looks over the front yard. Exposed roof rafters can also be seen. This style works well with drier, hotter environments, and blends well with its natural style look.
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