Gorgeous Greek Revival

This gorgeous double temple-front Greek Revival house was built between 1828 and 1830 for ship builder Captain John Brewer in Robbinston, Maine. It overlooked his shipyard on the St. Croix River, which is the border between the U.S. and New Brunswick, Canada, where Brewer had a second shipyard.

Greek Revival is sometimes called America’s first National Style, with examples built in all the developed parts of the country starting in the 1820s and continuing for nearly half a century. Published builders’ guides that illustrated the style and its details helped to spread the style to rural areas as well as urban centers. The full temple front form seen here epitomized the style.

Understanding the style of a house is the first step in planning a rehabilitation that prioritizes elements to be preserved or restored, and guides changes necessary to make the house serve 21st century lives.

Greek Revival is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Hundreds of color photos are keyed with character-defining features of each style.

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.

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