The French Eclectic style became popular as one of the Eclectic Revival styles of the 1920s, and was intended to mimic the design of small manor houses of northwest France. This architecture sometimes shares the look of tudor architecture due to the use of half-timbering and a mix use of varying exterior finish materials. Brick and stone were used in merging renaissance details with less formal medieval massing. In contrast to Tudor or French Country, the style comes across in a more formal and elegant look standing apart from a French Provincial estate feel.
As with all architectural styles, French Eclectic home designs have a few elements that are unique to its representation. Main entry doors are commonly arched or either true half circle and surrounded by stone quoins, pilasters, or other formal detailing like pediments. Windows can be double hung but are more commonly casement. Other features may include french doors with shutters and dormers on the roof or cutting through the cornice. The roof of the dormers may be arched, circular, hipped, or gabled.
Our French Eclectic homes have broad variations and the houses rarely appear to resemble one another. The prominent hipped roof signals the style's designation, along with appropriately scaled details. These attributes creates a charming style while leading the home to a modern feel.