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Ch 11: European Architectural Styles

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Use this chapter to learn details about architectural styles used throughout European history. This material can help architectural students boost their grades, professionals explore different architectural styles or anyone who simply want to learn more about architecture.

European Architectural Styles - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can review lessons on 17th, 18th and 19th century European architectural styles. Some lessons focus on styles exhibited in French and Italian architecture, while others discuss the English Jacobethan and Queen Anne styles. The short video and text lessons are easily accessible from any device 24/7. You can also print video transcripts and text lessons for quick reference. Track your progress through the chapter on your Dashboard, and take self-assessment quizzes to determine your readiness in moving from one topic to the next. You can expect to do the following after completing:

  • Relate the characteristics of Beaux-Arts, French Neoclassical and French Provincial architecture
  • Discuss the history and characteristics of Italianate and Queen Anne architecture
  • Compare Queen Anne and Victorian architecture
  • List aspects of Rationalist and Second Empire architecture
  • Note what marks the styles of Jacobethan and Expressionism architecture

17 Lessons in Chapter 11: European Architectural Styles
Regency Period: Art & Architecture

1. Regency Period: Art & Architecture

A playboy monarch and patron of the arts. Buildings reflecting styles from around the world. Welcome to the Regency Period in England. In this lesson, explore Regency Period art and architecture.

Beaux-Arts Architecture: Definition, Characteristics & Style

2. Beaux-Arts Architecture: Definition, Characteristics & Style

The Beaux-Arts style of architecture is one of the most extravagant in American history. It was popular from 1880-1930. This lesson will focus on the definition, characteristics, and style of the Beaux-Arts period.

Expressionism: Architecture & Examples

3. Expressionism: Architecture & Examples

Have you ever seen a building with an unusual shape or extremely rounded edges? In early 20th century Europe, some architects created truly unique structures. In this lesson, we will explore Expressionism as an architectural style.

French Neoclassical Architecture: Definition & Characteristics

4. French Neoclassical Architecture: Definition & Characteristics

Neoclassicism was a popular movement around the world. However, it had a special meaning in France. In this lesson, we'll explore French neoclassical architecture and see how it reflected major changes in French society.

French Provincial Architecture: History & Characteristics

5. French Provincial Architecture: History & Characteristics

Towers and arches in the countryside. What kind of houses did French aristocrats built in the 1600s? In this lesson, learn about the history of French Provincial Architecture and its characteristics.

History of Beaux-Arts Architecture

6. History of Beaux-Arts Architecture

American architecture has gone through several movements, each of which reflects something about people of that era. In this lesson, we'll explore the Beaux-Arts movement and see what this shows us about Americans of that era.

Italianate Architecture in America

7. Italianate Architecture in America

In this lesson, learn what characteristics define Italian architecture. Explore the history of Italianate architecture in America, including in which regions it flourished. Find out how architectural pattern books and new manufacturing practices contributed to its popularity.

Italianate Architecture: Characteristics & Materials

8. Italianate Architecture: Characteristics & Materials

Want to live in an Italian villa but you don't want to learn to speak Italian? Look for a house built in the Italianate style. This style mimics an Italian villa. This lesson will focus on the history, characteristics of and materials used in Italianate architecture.

Italianate Architecture: Definition & History

9. Italianate Architecture: Definition & History

Can a country house influence urban architecture? How do styles become popular? In this lesson, explore Italianate architecture and learn about its history.

Jacobethan Architecture: History & Style

10. Jacobethan Architecture: History & Style

Jacobethan architecture is a revival of the English Renaissance styles of Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture set in the first half of the 19th century in England. In this lesson, we'll explore some of the style's defining characteristics.

Queen Anne Architecture: Characteristics & Style

11. Queen Anne Architecture: Characteristics & Style

Turrets and towers, shingles and stained glass: Have you ever seen a home that looked like a gingerbread house? In this lesson, explore the characteristics of a style known as Queen Anne architecture.

Queen Anne Architecture: Definition & History

12. Queen Anne Architecture: Definition & History

Have you ever seen a house that resembled a real-life gingerbread house? You might have been looking at an example of Queen Anne architecture. In this lesson, learn what Queen Anne architecture is and explore its history.

Rationalist Architecture

13. Rationalist Architecture

Western architecture has long been guided by some very important principles. In this lesson, we are going to explore the concept of rationalism and see how it has impacted architecture throughout history.

Second Empire Architecture

14. Second Empire Architecture

The Second Empire architectural style was one of the most important developments of the 19th century. In this lesson, we'll explore this style, identify its defining traits, and consider what it communicated about the people of the era.

Czech Architecture History: Gothic, Baroque & Renaissance

15. Czech Architecture History: Gothic, Baroque & Renaissance

In this lesson, we will explore six centuries of Czech architecture, starting from Gothic architecture, the Renaissance, and finally the Baroque style. We will learn about the main characteristics and some examples from each of these periods.

Fascist Architecture in Italy & Germany: Buildings, Designers & Characteristics

16. Fascist Architecture in Italy & Germany: Buildings, Designers & Characteristics

In this lesson, we will learn about fascist architecture, which developed in Italy and Germany under dictatorial regimes, before and during World War II. See some of the examples of this architectural style and the architects who created it.

Stalinist Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Buildings

17. Stalinist Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Buildings

In this lesson, we will learn about the characteristics and styles of Stalinist architecture as it developed in the Soviet Union, especially Moscow during the decades when Joseph Stalin was in power. We will also explore some of the best examples of architecture from this time.

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