Pre-War Style

  • This beautiful pre-war building was constructed in 1910 and still remains a highly desired property in the heart of Manhattan.

    This beautiful pre-war building was constructed in 1910 and still remains a highly desired property in the heart of Manhattan. Key elements of the building include hardwood flooring, high…   See the Image

  • Built in 1888, this pre-war building is located in the Gold Coast area of Chicago.

    Built in 1888, this pre-war building is located in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, where many homes of this architectural style can be seen. With exterior ornamentation around the windows and…   See the Image

  • Typically, a pre-war ceiling will be 9 feet above the ground, and sometimes higher.

    Homeowners, back then and today, don't like feeling closed in. Typically, a ceiling will be 9 feet above the ground, and sometimes higher. In many ways this is a holdover from the Victorian…   See the Image

  • Floors were often made of solid oak, and most pre-war homes have wood frames around the doors, window frames and in the stair banisters.   See the Image

  • Fireplaces have been a part of American architecture since the 1700s.

    Fireplaces have been a part of American architecture since the 1700s, but as designs became safer, they really took off during the Victorian era and remained a popular feature in living rooms…   See the Image

  • The homes built in the pre-war era were embellished with special touches -- high ceilings, arched doorways and nickel-plated features.

    The homes built in the pre-war era were embellished with special touches -- high ceilings, arched doorways and nickel-plated features. During this time in big cities, such as New York City,…   See the Image

  • The Plaza Hotel in New York City is an example of pre-war architecture.

    Pre-war architecture refers to houses and buildings built between 1890 and 1940 -- before World War II -- when many people were moving from small, rural towns to big, sprawling cities. It was…   See the Image

  • Right around the corner from The San Remo is The Dakota, another pre-war apartment building in New York City's Central Park West. It was built between 1880 and 1884 by the firm that also designed…   See the Image

  • Luxury Penthouses in New York City

    Located on prestigious Park Avenue, this five-bedroom co-op boasts a completely renovated floor plan. The pre-war home now includes a large marble gallery, spacious rooms for entertaining, a…   See the Image

  • Homes built between 1890 and 1940 -- before World War II -- were dubbed pre-war. At the time, houses started changing, shifting from functional farmhouses and Victorian mansions, to a happy medium of…   Read the Article