Swiss chalet style

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Swiss chalet style is an architectural style inspired by the chalets of Switzerland. The style originated in Germany in the early 19th century and was popular in parts of Europe and North America, notably in the architecture of Norway, Iceland, the country house architecture of Sweden, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ocean Grove, New Jersey until the early 20th century.

Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, Norway, planned by Franz Wilhelm Schiertz in 1894.

The style is characterized by:

  • Gabled roofs with wide eaves
  • Exposed construction beams, including large brackets
  • Decorative carving and mouldings
  • Balconies
  • Large windows
  • Weatherboarding, usually painted, often in bright colors

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