Architecture styles USA: Low Country (Tidewater, Creol, French Plantation)

Low Country or Tidewater, which involves the construction on stilts, was formed in the US South because of the unusual geographical conditions. This style became popular in such marshy states like Florida and Georgia, allowing you to build a home is practically “on the water”.

It is widely used for the houses of French planters, therefore, has a third name – French Plantation. For small houses this style can be called Creole Cottage.


Another important characteristic – the iron roof, allowing numerous rains in the region as fast as possible to roll down. The roof can be not only gray, but also red color, which, however, is much more rare.


Also, this style is almost always mixed with the popular in the southern states Creole style, moreover, it is identical to it in many ways. Creole Cottage Style – a term that is used loosely type of folk architecture of the indigenous population in the US Gulf Coast (Creole language spoken in Haiti).

Style was dominant along the central Gulf Coast region in the US with about 1790 to 1840, in the former French colonies in states like Louise’s, Alabama, Mississippi.

It is believed that the style is also drawing from the styles of French Colonial and English colonial. In some of the former estates of the planters can be traced even style Greek Revival (look at the building with big columns).
The result is a style that is very eclectic, and it converges World History: English, French, Haitians and even the ancient Greeks. From the French home in the Low Country style got narrow and high windows, the Greeks – columns.
Features Low Country style

Construction is carried out on wooden stilts

The building, as a rule, is surrounded by a large veranda

Iron roof

Front color is white, but there are also bright variety – turquoise, pink, yellow, especially in the tourist areas of Florida

The front door is often glass inserts

Wide railing on the porch, lots of columns

Multiple windows

A small window in the attic in the middle of the front or embedded full window in the attic

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