John F. Cole
“The Old House Whisperer”


Take a gallery tour of principal architectural periods in New England and across America. If you are the owner of an early home, you may recognize elements of your own house. John can help you identify your home’s style during a complimentary house visit.

Pen and ink drawings with watercolors by artist Greta Shepard.

Pilgrim Century

1620 - 1720

Pilgrim Century style house

Newbury, MA
Often facing south. Sharp-pitched roof. Long, narrow central chimney.


1720 - 1790

Georgian style house

Saltonstall House, Haverhill, MA
Heavy roof form. Balanced window placement. Corner detail with wood simulating stone.


1790 - 1825

Federal style house

Artist rendering from Plate 32 of The Builder’s Assistant by Asher Benjamin.
Smooth brick surfaces. Low roof profile. Often end chimneys.

Greek Revival

1825 - 1850

Greek Revival style house

Grand Rapids, MI
Gable end to the street. Greek columns. Tall windows in front.


1850 - 1880

Italianate style house

Peel Mansion, Bentonville, AR
Bracketed roof line. Arched windows. Often includes tower and/or cupola.


1870 - 1900

Vicorian style house

Stoneledge, Beverly Cove, MA
Picturesque profile with complex floor plan and projecting gables. Wrap-around veranda porches.

American Foursquare

1900 - 1920

American foursquare style house

Sulphur Springs, AR
Vernacular Prairie style. Low pyramid roof. Off-center entry. Square floor plan.


1910 - 1935


Georgetown, MA
Use of wood and stone in Craftsman style. Wide roof overhangs. Columned porches.

Tudor Revival Cottage

1890 - 1940

Tudor revival cottage

Tulsa, OK
Steep pitched roof. Whimsical use of detail, such as in-set arches. Sometimes combined use of wood, brick, and stone.