Monday, October 11, 2010

What is a Foursquare and why woodland foursquare?

According to Wikipedia:
The American Foursquare or American Four Square is an American house style popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. A reaction to the ornate and mass produced elements of the Victorian and other Revival styles popular throughout the last half of the 19th century, the American Foursquare was plain, often incorporating handcrafted "honest" woodwork (unless purchased from a mail-order catalogue). This style incorporates elements of the Prairie School and the Craftsman styles. It is also sometimes called Transitional Pyramid.

So basically it's a big square box with a pyramid top built. If you are from Pittsburgh (which I am), they will seem awfully familiar to you, because we had a heap of houses built in this time period. Our foursquare was built in 1926, in a suburb just outside of Pittsburgh (one of the first "Streetcar Suburbs" in this area).

Our particular street is lined with a bunch of oak trees. It's lovely. It also means that around this time of year, the oak trees are dropping acorn bombs on us like crazy. I actually have been considering making my son wear a hat outside because I am pretty sure they hurt when they land on your head. They certainly scare the heck out of you. This picture is of the trees on our street during the snowmagedden this past winter.


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