Chateauesque style

Chateauesque style

A house style based on sixteenth-century French chateau mixed with Gothic and Renaissance details, popular for large houses and mansions of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries; the most characteristic details include steeply pitched mansard roofs, dormers with pinnacles, and parapeted gables and turrets.

Châteauesque style, Château style, Châteauesque Revival

An opulent architectural style patterned after the design of monumental French chateaus of the 16th century; popular in the late 19th century and beyond. Buildings were usually characterized by a façade having masonry walls; an attic story; a single balcony or continuous balconies; prominent use of vertical elements such as pilasters; wall dormers with gables that might break the roof line; cross gables; a belt course; an ornately hipped roof either steeply pitched to a ridge and/or truncated by a horizontal surface; cast-iron cresting on the roof; through-the-cornice wall dormers; roof dormers with pedimented parapets, pinnacles, and spires; a cylindrical corner turret having a conical roof; tall, decorative chimneys and ornamental chimney caps; windows, frequently in pairs, divided by heavy stone mullions; oriels; semicircular bay windows; exterior door set arches; often a canopy was provided over the entry door.