The style was based on Italian architect Andrea Palladio's (1508-1580) interpretation of classical design principles, which were adapted by early English architects and published in pattern books for tradesmen.
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American colonial architecture includes several building design styles associated with the colonial period of the United States, including First Period English (late-medieval), French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial and Georgian.These styles are associated with the houses, churches and government buildings of the period from about 1600 through the 19th century.