The Greek Revival style of architecture developed in the United States during the early-mid 19th century, a time when the nascent America was looking back to the great classical societies for inspiration of all kinds. Seen by many as the true mother of democracy & modern civilization, all things Greek were idolized. In taking certain elements from classical Greek buildings (both symbolically and literally), the style became the dominant architecture of the period.
Some key identifying features of Greek Revival homes include:
- Gabled or hipped roof with low pitch
- Roofs emphasized with wide band trim
- Most examples feature porches (either full-width or entrance)
- Use of square or rounded columns (typically ‘Doric’ in type)
- Often simple in design, with select details used throughout
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