Charming Architectural Styles and Their History in Coronado

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When browsing for your new dream home in Coronado, there are a number of things to take into consideration, primarily the location, the size and number of rooms, and the features you absolutely cannot live without. One of the most overlooked factors, however, is the style and architecture of the home. A new home should appeal to you both practically and aesthetically – for example, you can find a home that satisfies your practical needs, but if you don’t feel drawn to its style and layout, is it really the right home for you? Fortunately, Coronado architecture has had a rich history for well over 100 years, ever since the city’s incorporation in the year 1890.

Read on to learn more about the history of Coronado architecture and four of the distinct architectural styles that still proliferate throughout the city today. You may just end up discovering the style that you want for your new Coronado home.

To begin, it’s important to learn what makes Coronado architecture historically significant and a prominent aspect of Southern California culture. These homes and layouts were designed with an indoor-outdoor lifestyle in mind, taking the favorable California weather into account while still maintaining a desirable, comfortable indoor design. Today, these architectural styles are popular because they embody the beauty and simplicity of living on the island. They encourage luxury lifestyles and appreciation for the natural beauty the island has to offer.


The Craftsman architectural style first sprung up in America between 1900 and 1929 as a visible protest against the status quo in California. The design was a direct response to the popularity of the highly ornamental Victorian-style homes, which had become increasingly mass-produced by the new technologies resulting from the Industrial Revolution. As a result, people came to associate Victorian homes with man-made materials and artificial constructs. The subsequent development of the Craftsman aimed to highlight the beauty of the natural world and art created by human hands, not machines, by employing purely natural materials. The style went on to amass popularity in California and the Midwest before spreading across the country.

Craftsman homes are small to medium-sized homes characterized by low-pitched roofs with gables and overhanging eaves, open front porches supported by thick tapered columns, and large picture or bay windows. They are usually only one or two stories tall with exposed exterior features such as rafters, brackets, and/or beams.

Spanish Eclectic

The Spanish eclectic architectural style first came about in the early 20th century and is considered a subset of Mediterranean architecture. The style is influenced by a variety of cultures, including Spanish, Latin American, Native American, and African. The base largely draws inspiration from the Spanish colonial architecture prominent throughout Spanish missions in the 18th century, leading to the style’s alternative name: Spanish colonial revival. The Panama–California Exposition in 1915 cultivated a resurgence of interest in Spanish architecture, and California’s population was the first to capitalize on that. To this day, a majority of Californian homes embody the Spanish eclectic style, including homes that are loosely inspired and not one-for-one replications of the original design.

Spanish eclectic homes are characterized by shallow gabled and hip roofs, cast stone relief doors, and spiraling columns between windows. They also typically feature small, stained glass windows, colorful tiling, and plenty of wrought iron features, including balcony railings and window grates. The windows tend to be arched, and the exterior is distinguished by plenty of stucco and earthy tones.


Tudor-style homes first originated in England in the late 15th century, but reemerged centuries later in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century in affluent suburbs. These Tudor revival homes expertly blended the traditional English style with modern construction and design, giving birth to a unique subset of Tudor homes. These American Tudors peaked in the 1920s but soon fell out of favor in the wake of the Great Depression due to their high construction cost and market price. Many historic homes that dot the American landscape today are built in the Tudor style, including the famous Getty House in Los Angeles, California. They are still a popular choice for home buyers but require extra care and maintenance to preserve their design and architectural integrity.

The Tudor style is characterized by steeply pitched, multi-gabled roofs, a half-timbered exterior accentuated with stucco or decorative brickwork, tall gabled windows, ornate brick chimneys, arched doorways with decorative stonework, and tons of natural, earthy tones. They are typically multiple stories tall and feature asymmetrical layouts.

Mid-Century Modern

In line with the previous architectural styles, the mid-century modern style was also brought to the United States by Europeans – in particular, European architects who fled Nazi Germany during the onset and height of World War II. These homes draw inspiration from Bauhaus and high-prairie style homes scattered throughout rural America, with a focus on lifestyles revolving around raising families and appreciating nature. Mid-century modern homes are typically found in America’s suburbs, and they embody these ideals through numerous design choices such as wide open backyards and advanced home technologies to reduce time spent cleaning. They experienced the height of their popularity between 1945 to 1969 but can still be found in the suburbs today.

There are three different subsets derived from the base mid-century modern design: international, which borrows heavily from the Bauhaus movement; contemporary, the most popularly notable for its asymmetrical exteriors; and organic, a style that blends the home into the landscape by opting for rounder lines and shapes.

Regardless of the subset, every mid-century home is characterized by a set of specific elements and features, including geometric shapes and clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows offering generous views of the yard and outdoors, split-level floor plans, and plenty of access to the outdoors via sliding doors or rooms with several doors and windows.

For more information on Coronado architecture and Coronado homes for sale, kindly reach out to The Clements Group. The Clements Group is a team of talented real estate agents operating in Coronado, California, and the surrounding region. Their wealth of knowledge will surely help you find the perfect home with as little stress as possible. Give them a call today!


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