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Based on English Medieval precedents, the style is a distinctly Americanized expression, later borrowing elements from the Arts and Crafts Movement. The building forms are not rigid and can have varied roof lines, but the forward-facing, often steep, gable form is most prevalent in the style. The most predominant identifying feature is the fake half-timbering elements that dramatically contrast with the light stucco wall surfaces; the timbering element can vary widely. Other typical stylistic elements include vertically-oriented, diamond-pane casement windows, steep gable elements, decorative brickwork on chimneys, and in high-style examples, oriel windows.