Gorgeous Greek Revival

A Gorgeous Greek Revival style double house.

Most often, a Greek Revival style house is defined by its temple-like pedimented gable, often prominently turned toward the street. But not every Greek Revival house has a pediment, as this wonderful Bangor, Maine double house, or duplex, example built in 1836-37 shows. It is one of my favorite Greek Revival houses.

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, urban rowhouses, and double-houses like this one.

Understanding the style of a house and will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Greek Revival is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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

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Bookstores can order it from W.W. Norton.

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

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