Post-World War II Vernacular (1946-1950s)

According to the City of Riverside, California in their Historic Design Guidelines, ”The Post-WWII Vernacular style of residential architecture rose in popularity in America after World WAr II and has continued to influence American domestic architecture since the mid-1940s. The Post-World War II style stems from the late-1930s, depression-influenced architectural style sometimes referred to as Minimal Traditional. This style loosely borrowed from the front-gabled, Tudor style minus the elaborate detailing and steep roof pitch. This single-story home design dominated large tract-housing developments immediately pre- and post-war and generally featured shallow eaves, large chimneys, and various wall-claddings, including stucco, wood, brick or stone. Common architectural features also include a low to intermediate cross-gabled roof covered in composition shingles or crushed rock, sometimes with one front-facing cross gable. Some examples of this style boasted aluminum casement windows, which emerged from wartime technology.” In addition, the City of Riverside, California Historic Guidelines noted that in the Post-World War II Vernacular style, “for the first time, architects addressed the growing importance of the automobile to urban living by attaching garages to some residences of this style, often on the from elevation.”

Identifying Features:

As noted in the City of Riverside, California Historic Design Guidelines, the defining features of the Post-World War II Vernacular style are:

  • Low to intermediate roof pitch
  • Shingle roof covering
  • Close eaves
  • Side gabled, usually with one front-facing gable
  • Typically one-story
  • Garage sometimes attached
  • Chimney
  • Cladding materials: Wood, Brick, Stone, Stucco, Aluminum