Time-honored architectural styles.
Gold Hill Mesa’s use of time-honored architectural styles and landscaping are designed to celebrate the local history and environment. From the onset of the project the development team, along with their architects, set out to research the color palettes and designs of homes in the Old North End and Old Colorado City in an effort to draw a historic sensibility from the era when the Golden Cycle Mill was operational. What emerged were artful, diverse home designs that stay true to seven classic architectural types. A book of design guidelines was developed that our builders follow to uphold the community aesthetic and historic tradition, while protecting your investment.
This style emerged from a renewed interest in American heritage inspired by the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. Designs reflect historically accurate proportions and details characterized by rectangular massing, projecting entry porches, simple pallet and symmetry.
COLORADO FARM HOUSE
Many people who relocated to Colorado in the late 1800s came to build their future on a farm. The rustic farmhouse borrowed elements from traditional Eastern Seaboard architecture and Midwestern farmhouses. Initially limited to local materials, exteriors combined lap siding, board and baton, corrugated metal, and stone. A simple rectangular form characterized by an L-shaped gable and a front porch with a shed roof supported by wood columns.
Emerging in the mid-1940’s, Contemporary style overlaps with Modern style and simply means ‘of the present time’. Common characteristics include clean lines, large unadorned windows, shallow roof slopes, asymmetrical massing, and open floor plans that emphasize indoor/outdoor spaces. Contemporary elevations typically include stucco, stone, concrete, metal and wood.
Popularized during the first three decades of the 20th century, directly influenced by the earlier 19th century Arts and Crafts movement in England, the Craftsman house features low pitched gable roofs, deep overhangs reinforced by brackets, a mix of wood and stone materials, and an open floor plan. The simple formality, horizontal proportions, and warm color palette of these 1- 2 story homes evokes a sense of harmony with the natural surroundings.
The European Eclectic is inspired by the full spectrum of Western European architectural tradition. Architectural characteristics common to this diverse style include shallow roof overhangs, well defined chimneys, recessed entry porch, and vertically oriented windows.
Representative of the all-American home popularized during the first two decades of the 20th century, the design was economical and easy to build because of its simple plan. The 2-2 ½ story block-like style is topped by a low pitched hip roof with a central dormer. The front porch extends half or full width of the house with windows arranged in a symmetrical pattern.
Emerging during the first decade of the twentieth century, the Prairie style was considered to be the first wave of architectural modernism and the truly American architectural style. The material is commonly wood and stucco or stone and brick. Exteriors are unornamented, aside from intricate lighting and art glass window patterns. Asymmetrical elevations with shallow pitched hipped roofs and grouped casement windows, the covered porches are often used to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Townhome/Duplex is a combination of the Craftsman and Colorado Farmhouse styles.
The Craftsman house features low pitched gable roofs, deep overhangs reinforced by brackets, a mix of wood and stone materials, and an open floor plan. The simple formality, horizontal proportions, and warm color palette of these 1- 2 story homes evokes a sense of harmony with the natural surroundings.
The Colorado Farmhouse is a simple rectangular form characterized by an L-shaped gable and a front porch with a shed roof supported by wood columns.
Popular in the United States during the second half of the 19th Century, introducing complex shapes and elaborate detailing with design queues the Romanic Revival styles of Greek, Gothic and Italianate. Asymmetrical facades, bay windows, towers, and turrets, combined with steeply pitched roofs and gables that reinforce street presence. Large, highly detailed, often wrap-around, porches contribute to their neighborly appeal.
The neighborhood’s diversity stands in stark contrast to many conventional subdivisions that have a lot of ‘beige boxes’. One of the first things that new visitors to the neighborhood notice is the lively color combinations, like an artist’s palette. The diversity also includes architectural styles. No two homes are exactly alike with diversity in not only design elevations, but home sizes (ranging from townhomes and patio homes to large single family homes with basements), and price ranges.
OLD WORLD CHARM, NEW WORLD PLUMBING
Front porches are a signature feature of the neighborhood. Garages are tucked off alleyways, creating the opportunity for welcoming home entries that are easily accessed off sidewalks and green streets. With old world charm and new world plumbing, Gold Hill Mesa borrows from the past for inspiration, yet looks to the future for technology, performance, and efficiency in the homes.
The development team had the foresight to place a fiber-optic infrastructure underground, prior to the first homes being built. Each home has ten times a T-1 line directly to the door. This forwards the TND principal for many to be able to work from home, particularly in high tech fields that require fully synchronous upload and downloads for data. Further, this direct fiber access provides opportunities for residents to upgrade to advanced security and utility systems and appliances in the homes.
It’s an incredibly smart way to live.