Also known as French Chateau or French revival architecture, this style is characterized with many architectural elements and has its beginnings in 16th century France. The revival style in America was popularized with the construction of several mansions in the late 1800’s, the most popular of which is the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. To be true to this architectural style a home must be larger and more upscale in nature. Most homes in southeastern Wisconsin of this style are located in more exclusive communities such as River Hills or in the near lake shore areas of Milwaukee’s north shore suburbs. These homes are constructed of cut stone and include steep pitched roofs usually with slate shingles. Other common features include balconets, barrel roof dormers, eave returns, arch topped multi-pane windows and quoins. Also: Balconet, Eave Return

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