Over the span of the last twenty years I have written a number of articles pertaining to American architectural styles and historic paint colors. Most of these were based on research I was conducting in historic sources.  Below I’ve started to provide copies of some of the most popular.  I will be adding more as time permits.  Just click on the link provided to read the article in PDF format.

Articles, Lectures & Media information – Rob in the News

  • One of Rob’s projects has won the Bergen County, NJ 2012 Historic Preservation Commendation Award.
  • The Ann Arbor News ran a feature on Rob’s work in December of 2011 – LINK – http://www.annarbor.com/home-garden/ann-arbor-architectural-historian-turns-to-the-past-to-create-house-color-schemes/
  • Read an article about one of Rob’s projects in the October 2010 issue of the National Trusts “Preservation Magazine.” http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2010/september-october/different-color-hf-so10.html
  • The April 2010 isssue of “Cottages & Bungalows” magazine will carry Rob’s article on Montgomery Ward Bungalows.
  • See Robs artilce in the March 2009 issue of “Victorian Homes” magazine on Period house colors.
  • Rob writes for each issue of “Cottages & Bungalows” magazine on Color Concepts and Bungalow Basics.
  • Read Rob’s two articles in the Premiere Issue of the new publication “Cottages and Bungalows” available at bookstores beginning in October of 2006.
  • See Rob’s article “Proof that Paint Color Lends Detail” in the new publication “Arts & Crafts Homes” for Summer 2006.
  • One of Rob’s projects – the George Barber house in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania will be on the cover of the new book The Queen Anne House by Janet Foster.
  • Rob’s book “America’s Favorite Homes is mentioned in the October 31, 2005 issue of the Wall Street Journal.
  • Rob’s service was named to the “Best Building Pros in America ” list published by This Old House Magazine in September of 2005.
  • See Rob’s article in “Old-House Interiors” magazine for July 05.
  • Read an interview with Rob in the May 05 issue of “Period Homes” magazine.
  • Read about and see examples of Robs work in the January 27, 2005 issue of “The Columbian” (Washington)
  • HGTV 12 Days of Christmas Specials – see Rob’s suggested colors for a Tudor makeover on “Curb Appeal.” Seen through out December 2004.
  • Rob presented a lecture at the “Craftsman Weekend” in Pasadena in October 2004.
  • See one of Rob’s transformed houses on HGTV’s Restored America – show #812
  • See one of Rob’s Bungalow transformations in San Diego Magazine, July 2004
  • Rob is assisting Kelly Moore Paints in developing a new “Historic Lifestyles” color card.
  • Look for it in stores in 2008.
  • ABC’s “Little House on the Prairie” series will feature Rob’s work. Through
  • Touchstone pictures Rob has designed colors for the town featured in the mini-series.
  • Victorian Homes magazine, August 2003, “Rose Colored Glasses”
  • This Old House magazine, June 2003, “New Paint”
  • Style1900 magazine, Four articles throughout 2003
  • This Old House magazine, June 2002, “Stick-Style Paint Schemes”
  • Design NJ, New Jersey’s Home & Design Magazine, Fall 2002

Articles on Bunglaow Styles and Types

(these articles are in Acrobat pdf format)

  • Montgomery Ward Kit Houses from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2010 View Article
  • Swiss Architecture from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2010View Article
  • The Shed-Roofed Bungalow, number one in a series of six.   View Article  [see additional article on this topic below]
  • The Gable Front Bungalow, number two in the series.   View Article
  • The Pyramid Bungalow, number three in the series.   View Article [see additional article on this topic below]
  • The Double Front Gabled Bungalow, number four in the series.   View Article
  • The Double Crosssed Gable Bungalow, number five in the series.   View Article
  • Bungalow Sub-Types – Prairie, Colonial and Swiss Bungalows    View Article
  • The Victorian Bungalow   View Article
  • Craftsman Homes    View Article
  • The homes of William Radford    View Article
  • Bungalow Built-ins  View Article
  • The House that Lewis Built – Lewis/Liberty Kit Homes    View Article
  • Painting the Crane House    View Article
  • Cutting Edge Colors   View Article
  • The Bigger Bungalow from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine June/July 2008  View Article
  • Spanish Bungalows from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine Fall 2007 View Article
  • Ladies Home Journal Bungalows from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine Spring 2007 View Article
  • The Double Front Gabled Bungalow from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine Summer 2007 View Article
  • Sears Roebuck Bungalows from”Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine October/November 2008 View Article
  • Kitchen Colors {historic}from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine August/September 2008 View Article
  • The Bungalows of Gordon Van-Tine from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2008 View Article
  • The Evolution of the Auto House from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2009 View Article
  • Magic in a Box: Aladdin Bungalows from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2009 View Article
  • The Shed-Roofed Bungalow revisited from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2010View Article
  • Pyramid Roofed Bungalow from “Cottages & Bungalows”Magazine 2010  View Article

Rob Schweitzer performs consulting services for homeowners, architects and businesses in the areas of historic preservation, historic design and historic paint colors. By understanding the architectural history of your building, he can develop paint schemes that reflect the original intent of its design and highlight its important design features. He has been researching and teaching in this field for over 25 years and has consulted with homeowners and businesses in nearly every state, in Canada, Australia and India.

Other Publications


  • Bungalow Colors – Exterior, 2002, Gibbs-Smith, Salt Lake City.
  • America’s Favorite Homes : Mail-Order Catalogues As a Guide to Popular Early 20th Century Houses. Robert A. Schweitzer, Michael W.R. Davis; 1990, Wayne State University Press, Detroit


  • “Color Scheming”,  Design NJ, Fall 2002
  • “Colonial Revival Homes”,  Victorian Homes, February 2003
  • “Color a New World” 60s Ranch Color Makeover,  Romantic Homes, Volume 14, No. 8,  August 2001
  • “How Shall I Paint my House?”  American Bungalow, Issue 23, Fall 1999.
  • “Homes From a Box,”  Victorian Homes, Volume 18, No. 5, October 1999.
  • “Dutch Colonial Revival Homes,” Victorian Homes, Volume 16, No. 4, August, 1997.
  • “The Airplane Bungalow” (6th in a series) American Bungalow, Volume 2, number 7, Fall 1994.
  • “Coloring Classic Revival,” – Paint Primer series, Victorian Homes, Volume 13, No. 4, Summer 1994.
  • “Tudor Revival Homes, The English Resurgence in Late 19th-Century American Domestic Architecture” Victorian Homes, Volume 13, No. 3, Spring 1994.
  • “Colorizing a Brick House,” Victorian Homes, Sourcebook, Volume 13, No. 2, 1994.
  • “The Pyramid Bungalow,” (3rd in a series) American Bungalow, Volume 1, Number 4, 1992.