The coastal Virginia Tidewater area produced one of the South's best loved architectural styles. The Tidewater house was a simplification of the English Georgian-style house, modified to suit the local climate, available building materials, and the skills of colonial craftsmen. Inside our plan, a long center hall doubles as a gallery when equipped with track lighting. Ten-foot ceilings lend volume to the main-floor rooms. Brightness and warmth are ensured by the plan's three fireplaces and by generous stretches of window walls along the rear. William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, designed A Tidewater Traditional.