Renaissance architecture By: Jacob Egenrieder
Tudor/Elizabethan Homes • The actual architecture of Middle class houses was similar to traditional medieval styles. • Elizabethan Houses were framed with massive upright, vertical timbers. • These vertical timbers were often supported by diagonal timbers. • The wattle walls were daubed with mortar and whitewash was then applied. • This process resulted in the highly distinctive black and white half-timbered Elizabethan Houses
Features of a Elizabethan House • Vertical and diagonal timbers • High chimneys • Overhanging first floors - galleries • Pillared porches • Dormer windows • Thatched roofs • Leaded windows • The tall thin chimneys of Elizabethan houses were often topped with decorative chimney pots with symmetrical patterns.
Fun Facts • The roofs on Elizabethan homes were usually made of straw or reeds. • The roof was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals, such as mice, lived in the thatched roof. When it rained the thatched roof became slippery and sometimes the animals would fall off, hence the old English saying "It's raining cats and dogs!"
Sources • http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/architecture-of-elizabethan-houses.htm