Architectural Periods

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Architectural periods, while hugely important, are not easy to tie down exactly. They do not start and stop at precise points on a calendar. Periods and styles flow together, sometimes merging contradictory ideas, sometimes inventing new approaches, and often re-awakening and re-inventing older movements. Dates are always approximate as Architecture is a fluid art.

Also, architectural periods should not be confused with building style, although, in a small number of examples, for instance Tudor, they share the same name. More frequently an architectural period and building style become over-lapped - Georgian (a period) and Regency (a Style) for instance. We must not forget that during the Georgian period there were lots of homes built in other styles like Gothic or with a heavy Indian and Chinese influence (such as the Brighton Royal Pavillion). Others like Classical define an ancient Architectural Period but a more modern Building Style. We also allow for the idea of Homes Of The Future being a time period of relevance to us here at Chimni. Also see Construction Dates

Click here for an Periods Architectural Periods List

Other Interesting Sites[edit]

RIBA Summary of Architectural Periods

Britains Oldest House