History of the American Home: Part I

History of the American Home: Part I


Course Credit Hrs.
History of the American Home: Part I 3.00
Geography, climate, and local resources have shaped the face of American housing.
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  • As you follow the text and illustrations in this course, we hope you will come away with more than just the ability to visually identify different housing styles and architectural features for your sellers and buyers. You’ll be encouraged to think about and appreciate how events have influenced the evolution of housing design in America, and in turn, how housing styles have helped to determine history’s tableau. This course covers housing styles in the U.S. through the late 1800s.
  • You will learn how to competently advise your buyer clients about how the evolution of American housing has affected architectural design and construction methods, and to use that historical knowledge when marketing homes for seller clients.

    Chapter 1 – First People
    Wigwam and Longhouse
    Teepee and Grass House
    Pueblos and Earth Lodge
    Northwest Plank House

    Chapter 2 – Colonial America
    Garrison House and Cape Cod
    Saltbox and New England Colonial
    Dutch Colonial Farmhouse and German Colonial
    Southern Colonial and Georgian Colonial

    Chapter 3 – Independent America
    Greek Revival and Gothic Revival

    Chapter 4 – New Territories – Spanish and French Influence
    Monterey, Spanish Mission, and Louisiana Territory
    Cajun Cottage, Louisiana Plantation House, and Creole Townhouse

    Chapter 5 – Settlers on the American Frontier
    Log Cabin and Sod
    The American Farm House and Conclusion
  • 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 Jim@ContinuingEdExpress.com.


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