Half-timbering on the outside of Tudor Revival-style houses is one of the easiest characteristics to spot. | Photo by Kentucky Select Properties
It’s hard to miss a Tudor Revival-style home, often shortened to just “Tudor.” The elaborate entryways, steep shingled roofs, and intricate timber designs ooze storybook charm. We’re honestly surprised they don’t automatically come with a fairy godmother.
Louisville is home to quite a few Tudors, ranging from quaint cottages to sprawling manors, so we’re taking a closer look at the style to help you spot one next time you’re driving around.
🧚 Long, long ago… Tudor Revival architecture dates back to 17th-century England and is based on Elizabethan architecture. It gets its name from the English House of Tudor dynasty (1485-1603), which included Elizabeth I herself.
It combines Renaissance and Gothic design elements, and traces of the style first showed up in the US on Queen Anne-style houses. The style was popularized in the UK in the late 19th century before peaking in the US in the 1920s and 1930s.
Neighborhoods in Derby City with the most Tudor Revival houses include Upper Clifton, Cherokee, and Seneca Gardens.
🪵 Yellin’ half-timber Half-timbering is one of the most notable features of Tudor Revival-style homes. Purely decorative, the exposed structural elements are often filled-in or “nogged” with stone or brick. Next, are the steeply pitched roofs. They often have intersecting gables + dormer windows — and no Tudor home is complete without an elaborate chimney and/or entryway.
Here’s a few other characteristics to look for:
Stone, brick, stucco exteriors
Irregular floor plans
Tall, multi-paned windows with diamond-shaped panes
Arched doorways and windows
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After Hours at the Speed | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5-10 p.m. | Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd St., Louisville | $25 | Experience immersive opera performances from composer Nathan Felix throughout the galleries.
FurBaby Formal | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Club K9 Dog Park & Bar Venue, 9316 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville | $0-$16.70 | Dress your dog in their fanciest attire for this pawty where a pooch king and queen will be crowned.
Harry Potter Night | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6:30-11 p.m. | Falls City Beer, 901 E. Liberty St., Louisville | Free | All ages are welcome for a wizarding night at this downtown brewery, which includes a movie screening + popcorn and butterbeer available for purchase.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Pom-Pom Workshop | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10-11:30 a.m. | South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville | Free | Register in advance to make your own pom-poms with COLLIDER artist-in-resident Allison Lutes + learn how to use them to decorate hats, make garlands, and more.
Mellwood Art Center’s Art Fair | Saturday, Nov. 18-Sunday, Nov. 19 | Times vary | Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville | Free | Peruse this juried art show featuring 60+ artists.
4th Annual Cranksgiving | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Willow Park, Louisville | Free | Bicycle to nearby grocery stores and purchase food items to be donated to the Dare to Care food pantry.
Alberta O. Jones Park Grand Opening | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 3:30 p.m. | Alberta O. Jones Park, 744 S. 23rd St., Louisville | Free | Join city officials and the Russell neighborhood for the ribbon cutting of a new music-themed playground.
Emo Nite | Saturday, Nov. 18 | Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $16 | Relive the moodiest songs of the 2000s during this tribute concert with special guests Secondhand Serenade.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Classical Series Fall Concert | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 4 p.m. | The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, Louisville | $15.80 | Hear classical tunes performed by the Louisville Youth Orchestra.
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The Chenoweth Woods apartment complex in Old Henry will be outfitted with rooftop solar panels next year. The upgrade comes from a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The panels are expected to generate 291.1 kilowatt hours of energy each year.
A high-traffic portion of East Liberty Street near Irish Hill Park will be closed from Monday, Nov. 27 to Tuesday, Jan. 2 as crews work to reconfigure Lexington Road. A detour route will be in place to direct traffic around the area via Baxter Avenue and Lexington Road.
UPS Supply Chain Solutions’ $79 million Velocity facility is open in Shepherdsville. The new warehousing and distribution center uses intelligent automation — think learning AI machines — to streamline fulfillment in one of the most efficient package sorting facilities in the world. It will bring 500 new jobs to the area. (Louisville Business First)
Armadillo eggs are coming to Paristown. Noche Mexican BBQ is opening a second location inside The Village Market Food Hall & Bar later this month. Familiar menu items like the aforementioned eggs + carne asada fries and burritos will be available daily for lunch and dinner.
MOSAIC, a new faith community in Shelby Park where the church doubles as an art gallery, is opening its first show today at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit features artworks made by women, people with disabilities + members of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities. Check it out at 701 Camp St.
National Take a Hike Day. Hit one of the trails featured in our hiking guide to celebrate the outdoor holiday. We recommend checking out the Turkey Run Loop Trail in The Parklands this time of year.
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Check out the most famous example of Tudor Revival architecture in all the land — in “La La Land” that is. Located in Pasadena, the sprawling mansion was also used as a backdrop in films + TV shows, like “Beaches,” “Mad Men,” and “Parks and Recreation.”