How Many Architectural Styles Can You Identify From an Image?

Kennita Leon

Image: Interior Design Magz

About This Quiz

Have you ever built a house? Worked construction? Maybe you're an HGTV junkie and spend hours upon hours watching people take broken down old houses and turn them into million-dollar architectural and design showpieces?  If so, this quiz is right up your alley! Let your inner Frank Lloyd Wright out to play and tackle our architectural styles quiz!

In this quiz, you'll be asked to identify what style a house or building is based on a single picture and a hint, if you need to have one. What does that house with the big, white columns holding up a gabled roof represent?  Of course, you can probably guess that the house that looks like a giant golf ball is a geodesic dome, but does your design knowledge go a little deeper than that?

How many of these styles can you pick out?  What's the style of the house with the low, sloping roof, the tapered four-sided porch pillars, and the big porch?  Can you tell a Gothic from a Victorian from an American ranch style?  Some of these will leap out at you right away, but some of them require some specialized knowledge to figure out.

So, hitch up your tool belt, grab your roll of blueprints and tackle our architectural styles quiz!

Which architectural style is this?

Contemporary architecture is a modern architectural style used today. Most often, contemporary buildings are designed to fascinate and impress and thus many feature unusual, twisted and asymmetrical shapes covered in glass. With the advanced technology of the 21st century, the structures are first created virtually using 3D design systems. This architectural style is commonly used in museums, concert halls and towers.

Which architectural style is this?

Originating in England during the Tudor period, this architectural style was first used in the early 17th century. Modern buildings adapted this architectural style during the late 19th century and are therefore referred to as "mock Tudor" in the United Kingdom. Tudor buildings most commonly feature a symmetrical structure with several windows, multiple gabled roofs and half-timber frameworks.

Which architectural style is this?

Victorian architecture refers to architectural styles which emerged during the reign of Queen Victoria during the 19th century. Gothic revival, Queen Anne and Italianate are all Victorian styles. Built for beauty, homes styled in Victorian architecture have a complex asymmetrical design with intricate trims and bright colors.

Which architectural style is this?

Colonial architecture is a style that came about during the 1700s when European settlers erected houses to mimic those left behind in their home countries. As a result, there are many variations of colonial architecture which include but are not limited to Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial and British Colonial. A popular feature of colonial structures are symmetrical builds with a centered front door and evenly spaced windows and pillars.

Which architectural style is this?

Emerging from a post-war era, the Mid-century Modern architectural style was born; this architectural style was very popular during the second half of the 20th century. The new industrial building materials, plywood, and steel, created after World War II, were the primary materials used for the construction of Mid-century homes. Introducing a new style of thinking, these houses were built with flat planes, flat roofs, low-lying windows and large glass doors to allow for a better view of nature.

Which architectural style is this?

Used in the 20th century for universities and government buildings, neo-classical architecture was derived from architectural styles used in Greece and Rome. Residential homes designed in this architectural style usually belonged to those of the upper class, as the design signified wealth. Neo-classical structures are usually symmetrical with tall columns and highly detailed entrances.

Which architectural style is this?

As the name suggests, Oriental architecture originates from the Oriental countries like China, Japan and Korea. This architectural style stemmed from Chinese architecture and was adopted by Western countries. Its key characteristic is a large roof which stretches out past the walls. Oriental homes also feature a bilateral symmetry which signified balance to the Chinese.

Which architectural style is this?

French Provincial homes were first built in the French countryside in the 1600s during King Louis XIV's rule. These homes or manors were often built quite large, with steep rooftops, symmetrical portions and a brick exterior.

Which architectural style is this?

The American Craftsman or American Arts and Craft movement is an architectural style developed in the late 1800s. Influenced by the British movement, this architectural style focuses on the use of natural material and handcrafting. These homes are typically made of wood, stone or brick and feature low-pitched roofs and wide front porches.

Which architectural style is this?

Contemporary architecture is a modern architectural style used today. Most often contemporary buildings are designed to fascinate and impress and thus many feature unusual, twisted and asymmetrical shapes covered in glass. With the advanced technology of the 21st century, the structures are first created virtually using 3D design systems. This architectural style is commonly used in museums, concert halls and towers.

Which architectural style is this?

Influenced by the homes of ancient Pueblo Indians, this architectural style became popular in the 20th century. These homes are built of natural materials such as adobe, mortar, wood and stucco. Pueblo-style structures have low, flat roofs and inside courtyards resembling the original Pueblo homes.

Which architectural style is this?

Gothic Revival was first introduced in the 1700s, copying styles from Gothic architecture used for medieval churches. The first Gothic Revival home was built by English writer Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, England. This architectural style showcases steeply pitched gables and decorative pointed windows.

Which architectural style is this?

The most common of the colonial architectural style, the Georgian architecture trend coincided with the reign of kings George I, II, III and IV between the 1700s and 1830. The use of symmetrical shapes and proportions, as well as decorative entrances, can be seen in Georgian styled homes.

Which architectural style is this?

Originating in England during the Tudor period, this architectural style was first used in the early 17th century. Modern buildings adapted this architectural style during the late 19th century and are therefore referred to as "mock Tudor" in the United Kingdom. Tudor buildings most commonly feature a symmetrical structure with several windows, multiple gabled roofs and half-timber frameworks.

Which architectural style is this?

Named after its place of origin, this architectural style mimics the haciendas of the Spanish regions. This style became very popular in the 1900s in areas with a warm Mediterranean-like climate. Mediterranean-style architecture makes use of red tiles, stucco plastered walls and ornamental details.

Which architectural style is this?

Cape Cods were first built by English settlers in America in the 1600s. Designed with English thatched cottages in mind, the Cape Cod homes were slightly altered to withstand the harsh winters. Most homes of this style feature a central chimney and steep cedar-shingled rooftops.

Which architectural style is this?

Art deco, derived from "Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs" (a showcase for new inspiration), was an architectural style popular from 1925 to 1940. Art Deco was most commonly used for public and commercial buildings rather than for residential homes. The buildings were rectangular in shape and well embellished with art pieces, sculptures, ornaments, and handmade decorations. Another common feature was rounded edges.

Which architectural style is this?

Very often confused with Contemporary architecture, Modern architecture is quite different and refers to an architectural style introduced in the first half of the 20th century. After the rejection of the neo-classical style, Modern architecture became the dominant architectural style using new construction materials such as steel, glass and concrete. The key features of Modern structures are open floor plans and functionality.

Which architectural style is this?

As the name suggests, Oriental architecture originates from the Oriental countries like China, Japan and Korea. This architectural style stemmed from Chinese architecture and was adopted by Western countries. Its key characteristic is a large roof which stretches out past the walls. Oriental homes also feature a bilateral symmetry which signified balance to the Chinese.

Which architectural style is this?

Named after its place of origin, this architectural style mimics the haciendas of the Spanish regions. This style became very popular in the 1900s in areas with a warm Mediterranean-like climate. Mediterranean-style architecture makes use of red tiles, stucco plastered walls and ornamental details.

Which architectural style is this?

The American Craftsman or American Arts and Craft movement is an architectural style developed in the late 1800s. Influenced by the British movement, this architectural style focuses on the use of natural material and handcrafting. These homes are typically made of wood, stone or brick and feature low-pitched roofs and wide front porches.

Which architectural style is this?

Influenced by the homes of ancient Pueblo Indians, this architectural style became popular in the 20th century. These homes are built of natural materials such as adobe, mortar, wood and stucco. Pueblo-style structures have low flat roofs and inside courtyards resembling the original Pueblo homes.

Which architectural style is this?

Emerging from a post-war era, the Mid-century Modern architectural style was born; this architectural style was very popular during the second half of the 20th century. The new industrial building materials, plywood and steel, created after World War II, were the primary materials used for the construction of Mid-century homes. Introducing a new style of thinking, these houses were built with flat planes, flat roofs, low-lying windows and large glass doors to allow for a better view of nature.

Which architectural style is this?

Victorian architecture refers to architectural styles which emerged during the reign of Queen Victoria during the 19th century. Gothic revival, Queen Anne, and Italianate are all Victorian styles. Built for beauty, homes styled in Victorian architecture have a complex asymmetrical design with intricate trims and bright colors.

Which architectural style is this?

Colonial architecture is a style that came about during the 1700s when European settlers erected houses to mimic those left behind in their home countries. As a result, there are many variations of colonial architecture which include but are not limited to Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial and British Colonial. A popular feature of colonial structures are symmetrical builds with a centered front door and evenly spaced windows and pillars.

Which architectural style is this?

French Provincial homes were first built in the French countryside in the 1600s during King Louis XIV's rule. These homes or manors were often built quite large, with steep rooftops, symmetrical portions and a brick exterior.

Which architectural style is this?

Gothic Revival was first introduced in the 1700s, copying styles from Gothic architecture used for medieval churches. The first Gothic Revival home was built by English writer Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, England. This architectural style showcases steeply pitched gables and decorative pointed windows.

Which architectural style is this?

The most common of the colonial architectural style, the Georgian architecture trend coincided with the reign of kings George I, II, III and IV between the 1700s and 1830. The use of symmetrical shapes and proportions, as well as decorative entrances, can be seen in Georgian-styled homes.

Which architectural style is this?

Very often confused with Contemporary architecture, Modern architecture is quite different and refers to an architectural style introduced in the first half of the 20th century. After the rejection of the neo-classical style, Modern architecture became the dominant architectural style using new construction materials such as steel, glass and concrete. The key features of Modern structures are open floor plans and functionality.

Which architectural style is this?

As the name suggests, Oriental architecture originates from the Oriental countries like China, Japan and Korea. This architectural style stemmed from Chinese architecture and was adopted by Western countries. Its key characteristic is a large roof which stretches out past the walls. Oriental homes also feature a bilateral symmetry which signified balance to the Chinese.

Which architectural style is this?

Originating in England during the Tudor period, this architectural style was first used in the early 17th century. Modern buildings adapted this architectural style during the late 19th century and are therefore referred to as "mock Tudor" in the United Kingdom. Tudor buildings most commonly feature a symmetrical structure with several windows, multiple gabled roofs and half-timber frameworks.

Which architectural style is this?

Contemporary architecture is a modern architectural style used today. Most often contemporary buildings are designed to fascinate and impress, and thus many feature unusual, twisted and asymmetrical shapes covered in glass. With the advanced technology of the 21st century, the structures are first created virtually using 3D design systems. This architectural style is commonly used in museums, concert halls and towers.

Which architectural style is this?

Cape Cods were first built by English settlers in America in the 1600s. Designed with English thatched cottages in mind, the Cape Cod homes were slightly altered to withstand the harsh winters. Most homes of this style feature a central chimney and steep cedar-shingled rooftops.

Which architectural style is this?

Art deco, derived from "Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs" (a showcase for new inspiration), was an architectural style popular from 1925 to 1940. Art Deco was most commonly used for public and commercial buildings rather than for residential homes. The buildings were rectangular in shape and well embellished with art pieces, sculptures, ornaments, and handmade decorations. Another common feature was rounded edges.

Which architectural style is this?

Cape Cods were first built by English settlers in America in the 1600s. Designed with English thatched cottages in mind, the Cape Cod homes were slightly altered to withstand the harsh winters. Most homes of this style feature a central chimney and steep cedar-shingled rooftops.

Which architectural style is this?

The most common of the colonial architectural style, the Georgian architecture trend coincided with the reign of kings George I, II, III and IV between the 1700s and 1830. The use of symmetrical shapes and proportions, as well as decorative entrances, can be seen in Georgian-styled homes.

Which architectural style is this?

Gothic Revival was first introduced in the 1700s, copying styles from Gothic architecture used for medieval churches. The first Gothic Revival home was built by English writer Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, England. This architectural style showcases steeply pitched gables and decorative pointed windows.

Which architectural style is this?

Emerging from a post-war era, the Mid-century Modern architectural style was born; this architectural style was very popular during the second half of the 20th century. The new industrial building materials, plywood, and steel, created after World War II, were the primary materials used for the construction of Mid-century homes. Introducing a new style of thinking, these houses were built with flat planes, flat roofs, low-lying windows and large glass doors to allow for a better view of nature.

Which architectural style is this?

Named after its place of origin, this architectural style mimics the haciendas of the Spanish regions. This style became very popular in the 1900s in areas with a warm Mediterranean-like climate. Mediterranean-style architecture makes use of red tiles, stucco plastered walls and ornamental details.

Which architectural style is this?

Used in the 20th century for universities and government buildings, Neo-classical architecture was derived from architectural styles used in Greece and Rome. Residential homes designed in this architectural style usually belonged to those of the upper class as the design signified wealth. Neo-classical structures are usually symmetrical, with tall columns and highly detailed entrances.

Which architectural style is this?

Victorian architecture refers to architectural styles which emerged during the reign of Queen Victoria during the 19th century. Gothic revival, Queen Anne and Italianate are all Victorian styles. Built for beauty, homes styled in Victorian architecture have a complex asymmetrical design with intricate trims and bright colors.

Which architectural style is this?

Contemporary architecture is a modern architectural style used today. Most often, contemporary buildings are designed to fascinate and impress and thus many feature unusual, twisted and asymmetrical shapes covered in glass. With the advanced technology of the 21st century, the structures are first created virtually using 3D design systems. This architectural style is commonly used in museums, concert halls and towers.

Which architectural style is this?

Very often confused with Contemporary architecture, Modern architecture is quite different and refers to an architectural style introduced in the first half of the 20th century. After the rejection of the neo-classical style, Modern architecture became the dominant architectural style using new construction materials such as steel, glass, and concrete. The key features of Modern structures are open floor plans and functionality.

Which architectural style is this?

Colonial architecture is a style that came about during the 1700s when European settlers erected houses to mimic those left behind in their home countries. As a result, there are many variations of colonial architecture which include but are not limited to Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial and British Colonial. A popular feature of colonial structures are symmetrical builds with a centered front door and evenly spaced windows and pillars.

Which architectural style is this?

French Provincial homes were first built in the French countryside in the 1600s during King Louis XIV's rule. These homes or manors were often built quite large, with steep rooftops, symmetrical portions and a brick exterior.

Which architectural style is this?

Used in the 20th century for universities and government buildings, Neo-classical architecture was derived from architectural styles used in Greece and Rome. Residential homes designed in this architectural style usually belonged to those of the upper class as the design signified wealth. Neo-classical structures are usually symmetrical with tall columns and highly detailed entrances.

Which architectural style is this?

As the name suggests, Oriental architecture originates from the Oriental countries like China, Japan and Korea. This architectural style stemmed from Chinese architecture and was adopted by Western countries. Its key characteristic is a large roof which stretches out past the walls. Oriental homes also feature a bilateral symmetry which signified balance to the Chinese.

Which architectural style is this?

Gothic Revival was first introduced in the 1700s, copying styles from Gothic architecture used for medieval churches. The first Gothic Revival home was built by English writer Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, England. This architectural style showcases steeply pitched gables and decorative pointed windows.

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