I took these photos on the way back from the rivers for those of us who had a recent conversation about architectural style (in regards to St. Francisville) as well as anyone else who might be interested. I was driving, snapping pictures out the side window of my car while watching the road, so please forgive the quality. I figured this might give you an idea of what some of the older homes in High Springs, Florida look in comparison to other places. Don't you just love the cell phone tower lurking behind the middle house.
Basically, wooden clapboard houses have always seemed to me to the principal style for wooden houses in the United States -- I think you can find them just about everywhere (but maybe not so much in the unforested states like Arizona...?). I imagine that the gingerbread trimmings or veranda/porch styles have more variations. There is also the concept of houses sitting on raised blocks vs. the houses that are sitting directly on the ground.
I lived in just two houses in the U.S. -- one was built by my parents out of concrete blocks in Mississippi and the other one was a typical California ranch style stucco house.
In university in Los Angeles, most places I lived were stucco but the final apartment building (3 stories) was roach infested clapboard.
Well, in yet another example of my perfectly-adorable-yet-sometimes-challenged nature, it seems I failed to respond to this most interesting thread.
I'd be interested to know if people from other parts of the US instantly recognize all the styles, as I do. What about people from Canada?
Probably all the different types have official names, but I'd say the first pic is American bungalow style from @1910 through the 1920s.
The second one, on brick piers with that deep roof, I think is a somewhat older style, but one that undoubtedly persisted for decades.
The third is good old American Victorian.
The fourth one might be a fairly modern house either built to fit in with existing houses in the areas or, I suspect, added on to & renovated to achieve that neither fish nor fowl look. I associate those windows that go all the way to the eaves with mid 20th century houses, but may be wrong.
That last one is certainly farmhouse style with some innovations added over the years. Whenever I see a house like that, I wonder if the surrounding houses are on lots subdivided from the farm, or if town just grew out to the farm.