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Portland Tudor Revival Home Style Guide

While you’ll find many homes in the Portland Real Estate Market billed as “Tudors,” what you’re really seeing are Tudor Revivals, also known as “Medieval Revival,” “Mock-Tudor,” or “Tudorbethan” homes. You’ll also see Tudor-style homes listed as “English Cottages” or “English Countryside”. Tudor homes in Portland range from small storybook cottages reminiscent of “The Hobbit” to grand chateau-style estates with ornate chimneys and dramatic wood half-timbering.

The original Tudor homes were built in the 1500’s in England, and Tudor revival architecture first became popular in England during the early 20th century as a reaction against ornate Victorian excess. The Tudor Revival style attempted to capture the quaint and cozy image of the English country home or cottage, though many Tudor Revival homes can be very large and ornate as well. The style regained popularity in America after World War I, especially between 1910 and 1930. 

Portland Tudor Revival Homes are common in older neighborhoods, including Eastmoreland, Ladd’s Addition, Laurelhurst, Alameda, and Irvington. Many Tudor Revival homes in Portland also incorporate Craftsman- and Colonial-style exterior and interior design features, such as built-in buffets and bookshelves.  While many Tudor Revival homes in Portland were built in the early 20th century, modern architects and neighborhood developers have borrowed elements of the Tudor style and incorporated them into new construction homes with modern amenities and less traditional features.  These “Modern Tudors” are often found in planned developments in Portland Suburbs like West Linn and Lake Oswego, while the traditional Tudor Revival homes are found in close-in, older Portland neighborhoods.

Tudor-style Exterior Details

Asymmetrical design: Echoing the romantic ideas of English country simplicity, the Tudor Revival style offered an alternative to the strictly symmetrical Colonial revival and craftsman homes of the turn of the century.

Decorative “Half-Timbering”: the exposed woodwork that is usually superimposed on the brickwork or other building materials as a decorative façade. This gives Tudor-style homes their rustic, “village” character. The space in between the decorative wood framing is often filled with plaster, stucco, or decorative brickwork. Most Tudor homes avoid nontraditional coloring, sticking with the white of plaster, dark brown or black wood trim, and exposed brick.

Prominent Chimneys: The large, heavy chimney is a striking feature of many Tudor Revival homes. Many Tudor-style chimneys are topped with decorative chimney pots, venting caps that control downdrafts and serve as ornamental embellishments.

Multi-paned Windows: Tudor Revival homes often feature large banks of leaded glass windows, usually multi-paned, and sometimes in a decorative diamond pattern. Many windows are tall and narrow, with decorative capping or transom window.

Curved Entryways: The Tudor-style “arch” above doorways and entry porches is a classic characteristic of Tudor Revival homes, giving a charming English feel to the front of the house.

Steeply-pitched roofs: Many Tudor-style homes have a steep or sloped roof., with frequent over-lapping gables and dormer windows. Some smaller Tudor-style homes evoke medieval cottages with a faux thatched roof.

Tudor-style Interior Details

Exposed Beams and wood detail: Ceilings in some Tudor-revival homes feature timber beams that evoke medieval English construction. Wood paneling, especially oak paneling, is a common interior feature, as is decorative molding.

Decorative Fireplaces: Matching the prominent chimneys on the exterior of many Tudor-style homes, the interior fireplace is often a focal point in a main room. Popular details include carved stone, heavy timber, or brick construction.

Irregular-shaped, small rooms: Though not standard in all Tudor Revival homes, one of the downsides of these charming houses can be small, irregularly shaped rooms, due to the asymmetrical layout of the house.

Flooring: Most Tudor Revival homes feature hardwood floors.


If you’re interested in Tudor homes for sale in Portland and Portland-area suburbs, contact the McDonald Group Portland real estate experts today. We can help you pinpoint the style, size, and location of your dream home in Portland, Oregon.