The southwestern region of the United States is known for a variety of things such as its Hispanic cuisine, year-round sun, and uniquely inspired architecture. Sure, you can throw in great golf courses, incredible landscapes, and absence of snow but you could be describing Florida with those. No, what really distinguishes the Southwest is its distinct architectural style. The term “Pueblo Revival” was coined to describe the architecture that drew upon inspiration from the Pueblos and Spanish missions from New Mexico. While this style is extremely popular in New Mexico, Arizona utilizes the Pueblo Revival Architecture style quite often.

Much of the original influences can be credited to the Pueblo, Zuni and Hopi tribes that inhabited the southwestern United States (New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas) hundreds of years ago. Pueblos (the common term used to describe Pueblo Native American homes) was first constructed out of stone and included terraced, multi-level and multi-family dwellings. When the Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, they brought with them the ancient adobe brick building technique that was commonly used in Europe and the Middle East. In Spanish, the word “Adobe” means “to plaster”.

The popularity of Pueblo Revival Architecture reached its peak in the 1920’s and 30’s but is still commonly used in the construction of new buildings throughout the southwest. Adobe is a sun-dried clay that is used to construct traditional homes and buildings.

Architects’ goal is to imitate the traditional style and features of the Pueblo-adobe buildings with features such as:

  • Square in design
  • Rounded corners and walls- this gave the homes a free-flowing feel that mimicked nature.
  • Irregular parapets
  • Think, battered walls- originally used to help regulate the temperature within the house during the intense heat and cold that occurred in the desert throughout the year.
  • Flat roofs
  • Projecting wood beams- that often served no structural support.

Today, many homes and buildings in Phoenix and Arizona adopt and utilize that traditional style of Pueblo Revival Architecture. Don’t be alarmed if traditional southwestern architecture isn’t your style because being a large, diverse city offers homes of every shape and size imaginable.

Most popular architecture styles in Phoenix and surrounding areas

  • Ranch – Easily identifiable by their long, one-story layouts (often an L shape), low-pitched roofs.
  • Mediterranean – Often referred to as “Spanish Modern”, this style incorporates a variety of features that are commonly found along the Mediterranean Sea (Spain, France, Greece, and Italy).  Features such as stucco finished, red tile roof, front courtyard, accent columns and arched windows.
  • Tuscan – Typically found in yellow-tinged and umber hues, these houses feature iron accents, ceramic and terra-cotta tiles, pergolas, stone walkways and colorful shutters.
  • Spanish Colonial – The adobe or stucco finish of these homes often lack extensive ornamentation but make up for it in architectural features such as archways, smaller windows and flat roofs with orange or red clay tiles.

Phoenix offers a wide variety home architecture styles that are sure to fit your own unique personality. The key to finding the right home is working with an experienced real estate agent that not only knows the Phoenix area real estate but also the defining features that make each style unique. Jeff Barchi is the top realtor in Scottsdale and Phoenix and he has over 17 years of experience. His track record of success and satisfaction speak for itself, so don’t waste another day and let Jeff Barchi help you find your next home today. To start your search today, visit