1950 – Present
The Contemporary and Shed styles are two of the less common modern styles. Contemporary architecture was not as common as other styles as it embodied a complete lack of exterior decoration. These styled homes had either a flat roof or an extremely low-pitched gable roof with very wide, overhanging eaves. Contemporary homes were rarely more than one story tall and often had large picture windows, strings of casement windows, tall narrow windows, or a combination of all three. The Shed style was a unique style that was characterized by sloping shed roofs that often intersected with gabled roofs to create a very modem and geometric roof line. Most of these Shed styled structures had some sort of wood shingle or vinyl cladding that was applied diagonally, horizontally, or vertically to accentuate the bold roof angles, but brick was often a common building element. The windows of these structures were usually small and exaggerated to further accentuate the structure’s shape.
Few contemporary homes were designed or executed in the South and are rarely seen on the pages of Roots and Recall.