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Now Available: Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940

ImageNow Available: Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940DHR is pleased to present this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and readers of all walks in identifying and documenting the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the Commonwealth. The guide opens with an overview of Virginia’s architectural heritage within the context of larger historic trends, from its colonial-era settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early 20th century.
The majority of the publication consists of “Style and Form” information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining features of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium, Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles. We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the New Dominion Virginia Style Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century. 

Updated May 3, 2018