Split - Level: 1935 - 1975
This style is a brand new form of the previous ranch house style and was just as popular. It comes in two versions, the split-level and the raised ranch.
This house at 15 Clarks Crossing is an example of a Tri-level Split Ranch.
The split-level is a tri-level home. The living area is divided among three primary spaces with short flights of steps in between. The more sedate family living areas with kitchen and dining are housed on the mid level; the sleeping area are on the highest level and the 'family room' area on the ground floor for a more rambunctious family life that now included a television. Entry to the home is at the mid level. A garage, mostly for two cars, is present.
The raised ranch is a bi-level home because it occurs on two levels, the ground floor and the full floor above it. The main living area on the second floor is accessed by a flight of steps through a full story entry.
It is suggested that these houses were best suited to hilly settings where the lower levels can be sited to take advantage of the rolling landscape. They also appealed because they looked like a larger home and took up less land. This concept of multiple level living will be seen in both the Contemporary and Shed house styles that follow.
Cladding materials, windows, doors and roof forms share the same characteristics as the Ranch house.
At left is a tri-level split ranch at 20 Kurt Road, Pittsford NY. It was built in 1961 and regardless of it's Pittsford address, is located in the Town of Perinton.
11 Briggs Avenue is a bi-level or Raised Ranch home, built in 1959. The garage was added in 1963. Note the glassed in vestibule and large bank of floor to ceiling windows. This appears to be the only house of this type in the village.
For an index of other styles that can be found in the Perinton area go to the Architectural Styles page in the History section.