Friday, July 4, 2008

Sacramento Vernacular

After taking a quick look at Louisvilles' best know vernacular houseform, the shotgun, here are some Sacramento houses.

Sacto has its own vernacular, which is somwhat recognized as "high water houses", as the urban legend is that the houses are raised due to the city being flood-prone.

In reality the older parts of the city were raised above normal seasonal flooding, and this victorian/19th century raised house vernacular is found elsewhere in Northern California.
This raised style is frequently found in San Francisco, but also in other older towns in the region.

Another nice touch are the bay windows, big porches and the gingerbread. Perhaps some commonalities with residential vernaculars in the southern US, due to the hot summer climate.

Another California vernacular is the bungalow. Bungalows are found throughout the US, but since the US version originated in California, California cities have particularly good examples.

Here are a few fr0m Sacramento:
And, as in most other cities, there is the 1920s revival mansioon district. In Sacramento its the "40s", as these are streets like 40th, 41st, 42nd, etc...
...with those wonderful tree lined streets, an ubiquitous landscape feature in the pre WWII neighborhoods of the city.

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