Federal? Greek, Gothic or Colonial Revival?

Federal? Greek Revival? Gothic Revival? Colonial Revival? All of the above!

This house is a beautiful example of a design not easily categorized as a single architectural style. It has elements drawing from Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Colonial Revival harmoniously blended into a cohesive design.

Many houses have elements drawn from more than one style. Sometimes they were designed that way and sometimes they were altered after construction with elements of another style.

I suspect this house was built as an 1830s transitional Federal to Greek Revival style house with a touch of Gothic Revival in the fabulous attic lancet windows and gained the Colonial Revival balustrade on the original porch in the 20th century.

Understanding these stylistic elements is key to identifying the character-defining features of the house, which should be the first step in any restoration plan.

Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” explores architectural style identification and how to spot changes made over time.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject and is also available in our shop.

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