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History of the American Home: Part II

History of the American Home: Part II


Course Credit Hrs.
History of the American Home: Part II 3.00
How house styles changed during the turn of the 20th century, and into the 1900s.
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  • This course represents the second half of our two-part series about the American housing experience. We begin where the first course left off, with housing styles that, for the most part, came onto the scene in America during the years leading up to the turn of the 20th century, and remained popular well into the 1900s. We hope the text and illustrations will encourage you to think about how events have influenced the evolution of our industry right up to the present day, and provide you a broader repertoire in conversations about housing style with clients or peers. 
  • The objective of this course is to help real estate licensees learn how to correctly advise their clients about how specific housing styles, designs, and functionalities evolved historically, and how those historical factors impact current housing design decisions.

    Chapter 1 - Transition from 19th to 20th Century
    Queen Anne
    Arts and Crafts
    American Foursquare
    Prairie Movement
    Art Deco

    Chapter 2 - The Modern Movements
    International Style
    Art Moderne

    Chapter 3 - Post-World War II Suburbanization
    The Planned Developments
    Migration to Suburbs
    The Levitt Revolution

    Chapter 4 - Rambler Styles, Splits, and Post Modern
    Post Modern

    Chapter 5 - Prefabricated Kits, Mobile Homes, & Modern Modular Homes
    Manning Portable Cottage
    The American Scene
    Birth of the Mobile Home
    Modern Modular Homes

    Chapter 6 – Experimental
    Geodesic Dome
    Earth Sheltered
    Solar Powered Homes
  • Subject Matter Expert:
    Hollis Willeford

    Hollis Willeford has merged his experience as a licensed real estate professional with research on historical American housing architecture and design to show how present-day home styles owe their heritage to the preferences of early immigrants, the challenges of the climates they settled in, and available building resources. Mr. Willeford uses the skills he has honed as a journalist and editor to give life and meaningful patterns to the diverse sources and evolution of American home design.

    Instructor: Jim Luger
    Jim Luger has been a broker and instructor for over 30 years. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). You can contact Jim at



According to MN Statute 45.30 (c), “A Licensee must not receive credit for more than eight hours of continuing education in one day.” The date you receive credit for our courses is the date you complete the final exam, according to Central Standard Time. It is your responsibility to keep track of how many credits you have earned each day.

Continuing Ed Express will submit your MN real estate continuing education course completions to the Minnesota Dept. of Commerce through Pulse Portal. Please enter your correct MN real estate license number at the end of each course in order to avoid delays in reporting. Visit to review your CE course completion history. 

View details about the Minnesota CE Required Module on the MN Dept. of Commerce's website. Visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce website for more information about continuing education requirements. 

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