A box…that is what comes to my mind when I look at the American Foursquare style home. It is also known as the Prairie Box. This was a very popular style from 1895-1930. It was very economical to build since the lines are so simple and clean.
The American Foursquare will have some of the following features:
- Simple box like shape
- Two story home
- A four room floor plan
- Low sloped roofs, like a 3-12 slope, with deeper overhangs
- A central dormer
- Brick, stone, concrete block, or wood exterior
- Front porch extending the entire length
- Wide stairs
The interiors were limited to a few rooms in order to give people living in the city, a more functional living space. Since city lots were so small, (they thought they were small back then…), this style was created to give city dwellers some room to live. Since it was a simple style to build, it was very practical to do a mail order house kit from Sears.
American Foursquares are mostly located here in the Bush Park Neighborhood. If you want more information on Salem Oregon neighborhoods, please feel free to call or email me.