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Federal to Greek Revival Doorway

A transitional Federal to Greek Revival doorway adorned for the season.

This beautiful doorway is located in an intact block of brick rowhouses in New Orleans. The row is primarily Federal in style but the emerging Greek Revival style makes an appearance in these entries. The opening, with an elliptical arched top, is Federal but the substantial Ionic columns are Greek Revival. A completely Federal doorway would typically have thinner Doric columns.

Houses that combine elements of more than one style are not uncommon. Many were built that way and others have had alterations in later styles.

Understanding what the style of your house is and how it changed over time is key to planning your restoration project. Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” delves deeply into this topic with hundreds of photos and case studies to help you learn to identify stylistic features and changes from the past.

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/.

It is the perfect holiday gift for the historic house lover on your list! Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton. Learn more about historic house styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester.

Available in our shop! And check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar in the shop. Spend the year with 13 of the most popular houses from Your Historic House!

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