The reign of the French king Francis 1 (1515-47) inspired the Chateauesque style, which encompasses elements of the Gothic tradition and the Italian Renaissance. Architect Richard Morris Hunt popularized the style in the United States through his designs for the Vanderbilt family in New York and North Carolina.
This ornate, monumental style demanded stone construction or stone in combination with brick masonry. Two examples of the style exist in Utah, both residences designed for prominent and wealthy families: the Thomas Kearns mansion in Salt Lake City and the David Eccles mansion in Logan.
--substantial stone and/or brick masonry forms
--round corner turrets with conical roofs, topped with hip knob and/or finial
--pedimented stone parapets and/or ornately gabled dormer windows
--balustraded terraces or balconies on upper floors
--stone detailing with classical motifs
--windows with stone mullions
--tall ornamented chimneys