From the beginning of time we see that the architecture changed with age in Lakewood. Even today some Lakewood houses are a clear example of how houses used to look in a certain era of time. However, for some houses, it is difficult to say when they were made until you ask someone about their history. The dates in which the houses were made can show the specifications of the house of that era. These houses are also called ‘vernacular’ architecture (an example of vernacular architecture can be of a three-story house with a full width covered entrance, gable roof and a bay window on both floors). Click here for information
The different and unique type of houses with their different shapes, materials, doors, windows, etc makes Lakewood unique. Although, the houses that were made in the past face one problem; the problem of repairing. You have to keep in mind and consider the architectural style with which the houses are made when it comes to repairing so that the new stuff corresponds with the old fittings, for example, your house got windows with beautiful pattern and one day while cleaning the windows you break one glass; now you start to survey the shops for window’s glass similar to the design of your former window but you found out that these windows became obsolete 2 years ago and now you will have to get all the window’s glass changed or have 1 different window.
The houses that became a part of Lakewood’s identity:
Queen Anne 1880-1910:
The houses in the era of Queen Anne have:
· asymmetrically arranged doors and windows,
· steep roofs with edges and peculiar shapes,
· porch on 1st level with classic columns or turned posts (both with spindles work),
· Chimneys with decorative stone or brickwork,
· wood shingle pieces or plywood pieces used for decorating oriel windows,
· towers or bay windows and
· free shaped house without a definite shape.
Colonial Revival 1900-1940:
The houses of Colonial Revival have:
· shutters that fit the windows and are decorative (sometimes),
· the front wall of the house got arrangement of windows that is balanced and a door in the center of the wall,
· full or half-width porches with columns,
· front doors with lights on either sides, gabled roofs,
· the front of the house subjected to porch with 2 story classical columns and cornice and
· windows having small panes of glass on 1 or both sashes.
Foursquare and bungalows 1910-1925:
The features of foursquare houses are
· double story house that is more or less like a box or square,
· Some decorative features like overhanging eaves,
· pyramid or hipped roof with wide eaves,
· front porch can be of half-width or full length of the house,
· front porch columns are square,
· have rafter ends at the bottom edges of main or porch roofs,
· low pitched gabled roofs,
· decorative beams or braces,
· decorative shapes and
· the front is symmetrically arranged with windows and a door in center.
Lakewood Doubles 1905-1930:
The houses of this era had:
· walls made with wood shingles or wood slides but bricks were also used,
· dormer less gabled roofs,
· patterned front porches and
· the arrangement of windows on both stories are similar and 2story buildings (most 2nd units are on top of the 1st one instead of being on its side).
The specifications of houses of that era are:
· the windows and walls are decorated with metal grills or tiles,
· walls are usually stucco,
· no overhang for eaves,
· arches on doors, windows and rarely a part of porches,
· front generally got an asymmetrical arrangement of doors
· and windows and red-tiled low pitched roofs.
Tudor 1920-1940: the houses in the Tudorian era have:
· multiple gables with steep pitch roofs,
· first floor made of bricks with stone trimmed and wood sliding (with decorative patterns),
· timbering on 1st story,
· large windows with a lot of small pane windows and
· chimneys with beautiful patterned stone or brickwork (large and tall chimneys).