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City of Torrance

Architectral Design Guidelines

These architectural design guidelines are a resource to assist property owners in the restoration, renovation, and preservation of residential structures of special significance to the heritage of Torrance. The predominant architectural styles of the early to mid 20th century that can be found in Torrance are represented in these guidelines.

Many buildings are influenced by more than one architectural style and are not pure representations of a particular style, but often an interpretation of an architectural style. As a result, a structure will possess some or most, but not all of the characteristics identified. The homes depicted represent the local vernacular architecture. The goal of these guidelines is to assist homeowners in ways to protect and preserve the architectural integrity of their home when planning an exterior alteration, addition or rehabilitation.

The Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings, which have been included as part of these guidelines, provide a fundamental basis for rehabilitating and preserving buildings.

The City of Torrance would like to thank and acknowledge the residents and property owners whose homes are used in these guidelines.


Copies of the City of Torrance Architectural Design Guidelines are available for purchase for $5.00 at the Community Development Department, City Hall 3031 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance 90503.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

DESCRIPTION OF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES

Queen Anne Victorian (1880-1910) & Folk Victorian (1870-1910)
Colonial Revival (1880-1955)
Tudor Revival/English Cottage (1890-1940) & French Eclecti (1915-45)
Spanish Colonial Revival (1915-40) & Monterey (1925-1955)
Craftsman/California Bungalow (1905-30)
Prairie (1900-20)
Ranch (1935-75)

GUIDELINES FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING

GLOSSARY OF ARCHITECTURAL TERMS

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR'S STANDARDS FOR REHABILITATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS

BIBLIOGRAPHY & RESOURCES

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