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Connecticut Classic Greek Revival.
This classic Greek Revival house was later updated with a Classical Revival porch. Greek Revival is often called America’s first National style, with examples built across the country between the 1820s and 1860s. The style was spread by published builder’s guides that contained drawings for “correct” Classical elements which were often copied with fidelity. This example is located in Thompson, CT.
This straightforward example of the style has a strong emphasis on the wide corner pilasters and entablature at the eave line which continues across the side elevations to form a pediment in the gable. It really got a boost with the addition of a Classical Revival porch, probably near the end of the 19th century. The cheerful color scheme may date to the same period. It was a favorite of the Classical Revival/Colonial Revival period.
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