Greek Revival to Italianate

A transitional Greek Revival to Italianate style house. Many historic houses were built with features of more than one style. This often happened during periods when one style was going out of fashion and another was coming in, which is what appears to be the case with this house.

In many ways, this is a typical Greek Revival house, but the addition of brackets at the corner pilaster capitals, bracketed window hoods, and double doors with octagonal panels and glazing in the upper panels make it transitional to the Italianate style. All these elements are typical of that style but not usually found on Greek Revival houses.

These character-defining features help to place this house at a particular point in history, shortly before the Civil War, when the Italianate was appearing, but Greek Revival was still the “default style” for middle class houses in the region.

Understanding the style, or styles, of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Greek Revival and Italianate are two of 25 styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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