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VISION ARCHITECTURAL STYLES

he architectural styles of buildings visible along the Route 31 West Corridor should be reflective of the traditional styles historically used in Somerset and Jefferson Townships, as well as some styles used in the surrounding Laurel Highlands region. The use of traditional building styles and/or the characteristics from these styles will reinforce the Corridor’s authentic character.The desired building style is classic, simple, and functional. Ornate styled buildings are not appropriate for the pastoral-agrarian-mountain village theme. T

Three primary building styles are recommended: American Farmhouse, Early American, and Vernacular, but other similar styles may also be appropriate in context. To provide a general sense of the architectural styles that are desired and undesired along the Corridor’s field of vision, the list to the right has been developed. This list is not all-inclusive and is not regulated, but it generally represents the range of styles that would be fitting with the visual character desired along Route 31 West.

BUILDING MATERIALS

he use of building materials (such as stone, wood, and brick) found in the local, natural environment is encouraged. Stone is plentiful in the region, as evidenced by local rock quarry operations. Representing permanency, strength, and authenticity, stone used as a building material will serve as a reminder of the region’s heritage. Because of its prominence in the region’s forests, wood is also recognized as a valued cultural asset. Lastly, the use of brick is commonplace in the region and has been a popular choice for farmers, tradesmen, and tavern keepers in Somerset County since the early 1800s. These materials are encouraged for use not only as primary building materials, but also for other needs such as fences, walls, walkways, columns, and porches. T

ROUTE 31 WEST CORRIDOR DESIGN GUIDE

DRAFT: MARCH 2009

RECOMMENDED ARCHITECTURA

  • American Farmhouse

  • Early American

    • Colonial

    • Federal

    • Georgian

  • Vernacular

OTHER APPROPRIATE ARCHITEC

  • Adirondack

  • Contemporary Woodland

  • Craftsman

  • Greek and Classic Revival

  • Log Construction

INAPPROPRIATE ARCHITECTURA

  • Art-Deco

  • Baroque

  • Futurist

  • Gothic and Gothic Revival

  • Mediterranean

  • Mission

  • Postmodern

  • Spanish Colonial

  • Victorian

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