Architectural Styles in Historic Springfield

The Springfield Jacksonville FL community offers a variety of architectural styles.  In this article you will learn about the various architectural styles that make up the Springfield Jacksonville community along with when these styles were popular.

Frame Vernacular (1880-1930)

The common wood frame construction of self-taught builders. This type of architecture is the product of the builder’s experience, available resources, and responses to the local environment.  Vernacular                architecture predominates in Springfield.


Craftsman (1910-1930)

A common domestic building style in Springfield, bungalows are a form of the Craftsman style. Bungalows came in various shapes and forms, but small size, simplicity and economy     generally characterized the style. The porches are dominated by short, over-sized, tapered or square columns which rest on heavy brick piers connected by a balustrade.



Queen Anne (1876-1910)

The most picturesque of late nineteenth century American domestic styles The Queen Anne style houses in Springfield are wood frame structures sided with a variety of wooden materials, principally shingles, weatherboard and novelty siding. Irregular massing of building and roof forms are hallmarks of the style as are extensive use of verandas and wood trim. Roof types include gable, hip, pyramid, and cone (for towers). The windows are usually irregularly placed. Art glass is a common window and door material.




Prairie (1909-1930)

Jacksonville probably has more Prairie Style influenced architecture than any city outside the Midwest. The style   inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement features horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs, bands of windows, and unity between house  and landscape. Henry Klutho introduced the style locally.




Mediterranean Influence (1915-1930)

Influenced by Spanish, Spanish   Colonial, and Moorish Revival styles, examples of Mediterranean architecture found in Springfield feature red tile roofs, stucco, iron window grilles and balconies, ceramic tile decoration, ornate arches, columns, window surrounds, cornices, and parapets.





Colonial Revival (1900-1930)

Colonial Revival is an adaptation of classical Greek temple front and other details of either the Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian order. Examples of the style in Springfield feature two story portico with monumental columns that support a full entablature. A centrally placed balcony frequently appears at the second floor and cornices are decorated with dentils or medallions.






Provided by the Jacksonville Planning and Development Department (1992)

Updates provided by local historic architecture subject area expert, Kiley Secrest (2018)