Design Element – Spanish Colonial Doors


Arched top paneled door with speakeasy. Note the iron over the speakeasy & the hand painted tile wainscot.

Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture flourished in the early 20th century in Arizona, California & a few other states.  The Panama-California Exposition in 1915 featured this architectural style; as a result its popularity really took off for the next 20 years.  It is remains popular even today with new home construction accommodating our modern lives & technology.  It is uniquely suited for hot sunny climates.

Borrowing from the past history of all forms of Spanish Architecture it is a hybrid.

Graceful and curvy, the magic of Spanish Colonial Architecture is in the details. Exterior walls are typically substantial and covered with smooth stucco.  Roof tiles are red or terra cotta stacked & set with mortar.  Doors are an important character defining feature; often heavy, sometimes carved or paneled.  Often these doors have a “speakeasy”.  They may be arched or rectangular with period details.  Door & window surrounds may contain sculptural elements, carved stone or exquisite hand painted Talavera tiles.  Hand forged wrought iron is frequently present.