American Colonial

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A style of architecture and furniture developed by settlers in America between 1620 and 1775 and deriving broadly from English styles. Perhaps the most notable achievements were the clapboard (weather-boarded) timber frame houses with posts and beams and sometimes a verandah. These were broadly based on the Georgian style and in the 18th century a simplified form of Palladianism was developed. Gradually distinctive regional variations evolved in centres such as Albany, Boston, and Philadelphia.

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