A Federal Style Palladian Window

Federal style is the name given to American architecture reflecting the style developed by the brothers Adam in Great Britain near the end of the 18th century. This corresponded with the adoption of the US Constitution and the “Federal Period” of government in the United States. The style’s name comes from that political development of the period although the elements of the style come directly from the UK.

The elliptical arch over the front door and three-part Palladian window above are elements frequently seen with the style. This is a fine example of a Palladian window, crafted in 1804. They can also be found on Shingle Style, Colonial Revival, and Queen Anne style houses.

The Federal style is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style of a house and will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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