A beautiful brick Greek Revival house in Brunswick, Maine.
Greek Revival is often called America’s first National style, with examples built across the settled areas of the country between the 1820s and 1860s. It appears on small cottages and capes, grand columned mansions, southwestern adobe houses, and urban rowhouses.
This modest brick example with a kitchen ell at the rear is typical of the tens of thousands of such houses built across the U.S. Following the designs presented in carpenter’s guides like Asher Benjamin’s 1830 architectural pattern book “The Architect, or, Practical House Carpenter,” builders produced houses with Classically inspired detail for the young nation. Because of these published design manuals, similar architectural elements can be found on houses across the country.
Greek Revival is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
Understanding the style of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.
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