Housing Styles

       Gold Hill Mesa offers nine unique architectural styles of homes, each chosen to exemplify the heritage of Colorado Springs’ Gold Cycle Mill Era. For reference the historical Old North End neighborhood shares this style. Every home built specifically follows conventions outlined within the Gold Hill Mesa Design Book, ensuring the Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood maintains your investment in our community.

Colonial

Colorado Farm House

Contemporary

Craftsman

European Eclectic

Foursquare

Prairie

Townhome/ Duplex

Victorian

Colonial 

        The Colonial style dates back to 1876, debuting at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition . A historically inspired style at the time, Colonial has remained one of the most popular homes from then to today.

Materials
  • Horizontal Siding
  • Brick or Masonry
  • Wood Shutters
  • Brick Chimneys
Massing
  • 2 Stories
  • Porch Attached
  • Symmetrical Design
  • Horizontal Proportions
  • Single Building 
Roof
  • Gable or Gambrel Style
  • Medium Slope
  • Simple Form
  • Multiple Gabled Dormers
  • Minimal Overhangs
  • Greek Returns at Eaves Common
Porch
  • Small
  • Classically Detailed
  • Part of the Main Mass
  • Roof forms include Gable, Shed and Arched
Windows and Doors
  • Window Pattern Symmetrical
  • Windows Full Divided Lite Commonly 6 over 6
  • Windows Double-Hung
  • Windows Commonly Grouped or Bay
  • Six Panel Entry Doors
  • Entry Doors have Fanlight Transoms
  • Entry Doors have Side Lites
Details
  • Classically Inspired
  • Columns can be Iambic, Doric and Corinthian
  • Pedimented Porches
  • Louvered Shutters
  • Dentil Molding at Cornice

Colorado Farm House

        The Colorado Farm House style comes from the original settlers of the Colorado area. Evolving from Eastern Seaboard and Midwestern architecture, these houses feature an L-shape gable, a simple rectangular form and wooden columns supporting the front porch’s shed roof.

Materials
  • Rusticated Surfaces
  • Lap Siding, Board & Baton and Rusticated Stone
  • Low Sloped Porch Roofing
Massing
  • Vertical & Asymmetrical 
  • Commonly Two Intersecting Rectangular Forms
  • L or T Shaped Form
  • Gables Wide  & Front Facing 
  • 1.5 to 2 Stories
Roof
  • Medium to Steep Slope
  • Gable and Shed Articulation
  • Shallow to Medium Overhangs
  • Unornamented Enclosed Soffits
  • Commonly Metal Roofing Material
Porch
  • Full Width or Wrap Around
  • Shed Roof Forms
  • Projected or Interlocked From Main Massing
Windows and Doors
  • Single and Grouped Double-Hung
  • Divided Lites in Window Sashes
  • Divide Lites 2 over 2 or 4 over 4
  • Partial-Lite Doors
  • Doors have Rustic Appearance
Details
  • Wide, Flat Trim Boards
  • Accented Shutters Common
  • Simple Porch Columns and Rails
  • Windows Accented or Gable Vent Ends

Contemporary

        The Contemporary style emerged in the 1940’s and has since overlapped with the Modern style. Contemporary architecture features bold lines and open spaces. The style is known for large unadorned windows, shallow sloping roofs, asymmetrical massing and open floor plans.

Materials
  • Stucco, Stone, Concrete, Metal and Wood Features
  • Smooth surfaces
  • Both Stone & Brick Siding
  • Cementitious Panels
  • Low Sloped Roofing Materials
Massing
  • Asymmetrical
  • Simple Interlocked Flat Forms
  •  Emphasized Outdoor Living Space
  • Cantilevered Forms and Balconies
  • 1.5 to 2 Stories
Roof
  • Low Slope
  • Gable, Hip or Shed Roof
  • Multiple Levels
  • Varied Overhangs
  • Articulated Shed and Flat Roof
  • Unornamented Enclosed Soffits 
Porch
  • Cantilevered Roof
  • Integrated into Massing
Windows and Doors
  • Grouped Windows
  • Fixed and Casement Windows
  •  Large Glass Openings
  •  Minimal Muntin Bars
  •  Corner and Clerestory Windows
  •  Off-Axis Door Locations
  •  Half and Full Lite Doors
Details
  • Unornamented
  • Narrow Flat Trim Boards
  • Slender Columns and Railing Balusters
  • Metal railings

Craftsman

Popularized from 1900 to 1930, the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement in England inspired the Craftsman style. With their horizontal proportions and simplistic design these homes are meant to harmonize with their natural surroundings. 

Materials
  • Wood and Stone Materials
  • Mix of Lap Siding, Board &
    Baton and Shingles
  • Stone and Brick Base
Massing
  • Up to 2 Stories
  • Asymmetrical or Symmetrical
  • Horizontal Proportions
  • Varied Gable Roof Forms
  • Well Defined Base
Roof
  • Low to Medium Slope
  • Gable Roof
  • Medium to Deep Overhangs
  • Open Eaves with Brackets or Exposed
    Beam/Joist Ends
Porch
  • Half or Full Width
  • Shed or Gable roof
  • Full-Height Columns or Half-Height with Heavier Base Detail
Windows and Doors
  • Grouped Double-Hung Windows
  • Divided Lite in Upper Window Sash
  • Partial Lite Doors
Details
  • Wide, Flat Trim Boards
  • Hefty Square Tapered Columns
  • Horizontal Trim Bands at Eaves and
    2nd Floor Height
  • Stick Work at Gable Ends

European Eclectic

        European Eclectic style is a marriage between Old World Western European architecture and the modern Contemporary style. Characterized by well defined chimneys, shallow roof overhangs, vertical windows and a recessed entry porch, European Eclectic offers a diverse range of designs.

Materials
  • Stucco, Brick, and Stone Exteriors
  • Wood or Stone Details
  • Muted Colors
  • Italian Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Feature Metal Railings
Massing
  • 2 Story
  • Symmetrical or Asymmetrical
  • Vertical Proportions
  • Centrall Located Entries
  • Recessed Entryways
Roof
  • Varied Form
  • Gable or Hip
  • Steep Pitches for Tudor and French
    Provincial Styles
  • Shallow Pitches for Italian
    Renaissance and Spanish Colonial Styles
Porch
  • Centrally Located
  • Subtracted from Primary Massing
  • Surrounded by Stone Entry
Windows and Doors
  • Vertical Proportions,
  • Single or Paired
  • Simple Moulding Profiles
  • Divided-Lite Window Grids
  • Accent Windows
  • Solid Entry Doors
Details
  • Window in Gable Ends
  • Half-Timbering for Tudor
  • Quoins for French Provincial
  • Shutters Common

Foursquare

        Popularized from 1900 to 1920, Foursquare’s appeal comes from their simple, economical construction. Foursquare comes with a low pitched roof, central dormer, porch extending half or the full width of the house and symmetrical window arrangement.

Materials
  • Brick Porch Base
  • Full-Height Narrow Horizontal Beveled
    Siding
    or
    1st Floor Beveled Siding with
    2nd Floor Stucco Finish Divided by a
    High Trim Band
Massing

 

  • 2 Story
    • Simple Massing

    • Symmetrical
    • Blocky Proportions
    • Wide Porches
    Roof
    • Shallow Slope Hip
    • Porch and Dormer Roofs Echo Main Roof Form
    • Wide Overhangs
    • Open or Enclosed Soffits
    Porch
    • Half or Full Width
    • Half-Height Walls or Simple Railings
    • Elevated
    • Lattice Screen or Stone Base
    Windows and Doors
    • Single or Grouped
    • Double-Hung
    • Window in Small Central Corner
    • Partial-Lite Entry Door with Sidelite
    Details
    • Simple Trim and Moulding Profiles
    • Deep Trim Band below Eave
    • Broad Columns

    Prairie

            Prairie homes appeared in the 1910s, during the first wave of architectural modernism. An original American style, Prairie typically includes asymmetrical elevations, intricate lighting and covered porches designed to merge indoor and outdoor space.

    Materials
    • Wood & Stucco or Stone & Brick
    • Smooth Surfaces
    • Concrete or Wood Base
    Massing
    • 2 Story
    • 1 Story Wings or Porches
    • Asymmetrical
    • Linear & Horizontal Forms
    • Integrated Outdoor Living Spaces
    • Well Defined Base
    Roof
    • Low Slope
    • Gable, Hip or Shed Roof
    • Multiple Levels
    • Varied Overhangs
    • Articulated Shed and Flat Roof
    • Unornamented Enclosed Soffits 
    Porch
    • Located to Either Side of the Central Massing
    • Cantilevered Roof
    • Integrated into Massing
    • Wide Supports
    Windows and Doors
    • Grouped Windows
    • Fixed and Casement windows
    • Unique Grill Patterns or Art Glass Windows
    • Corner and Clerestory Windows
    • Off-Axis Inconspicuous Entry Door Locations
    Details
    • Unornamented
    • Linear Flat Trim Boards

    Townhome / Duplex

    Gold Hill Mesa Townhomes / Duplexes combine Craftsman and Colorado Farmhouse styles to create welcome additions to any neighborhood.

    Materials
    • Lap Siding, Board and Rusticated Stone Combinations
    • Brick or Stone Base
    Massing
    • 1 to 2 Stories
    • Asymmetrical
    • Combination of Gable Roof Forms
    • Single Building Mass with Attached Porch
    Roof
    • Medium Slope
    • Medium Overhangs
    • Open Eaves with Brackets or Exposed
      Beams or Joist Ends
    Porch
    • Full Width or Wrap Around
    • Shed or Gable Roof
    Windows and Doors
    • Grouped or Double-Hung Windows
    • Divided Lite in Window Sashes
    • Partial Lite Doors 
    • Rustic Appearance Doors
    Details
    • Wide, Flat Trim Boards
    • Accent Shutters
    • Accent Window or Vent Work at Gable Ends

    Victorian

            Inspired by the Romanic Revival styles, the American Victorian style dates back to the 19th Century. Victorian features towers, turrets and facades in complex architectural designs to create a sense of opulence and drama.

    Materials
    • Lap and Shingle siding
    • Wood or Metal Railings
    • Varied Pattern Roof Shingles
    Massing
    • 1.5 to 2.5 Stories
    • Asymmetrical
    • Vertical Proportions
    • Hexagonal Bays and Turrets
    Roof
    • Steep Slope
    • Medium Porch Roof Pitches
    • Shallow Overhangs
    • Enclosed Soffits
    Porch
    • Full width or Asymmetrical
    • Wrap Around
    • Highly Detailed Mouldings and Railings
    • Lattice Screen
    • Raised Brick or Stone
      Base
    Windows and Doors
    • Vertical Double Hung
      Windows
    • Single or Paired Windows
    • Accent Windows or Louvers in Gable Ends
    • Partial Glazed Entry Doors with Sidelites
    Details
    • Ornate Gable Ends
    • Unique Shingle Patterns or Decorative Trusses
    • Narrow, Flat Trim Boards
    • Slender Columns and Railings
    • Vibrant Multi-Colored Paint

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