All of the Above!

Federal? Greek Revival? Gothic Revival? Colonial Revival? All of the above!

This Pittston, Maine house is a beautiful example of a design not easily categorized as a single architectural style. It has elements drawing from Federal, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Colonial Revival harmoniously blended into a cohesive design.

Many houses have elements drawn from more than one style. Sometimes they were designed that way and sometimes they were altered after construction with elements of another style. I suspect this house was built as an 1830s transitional Federal to Greek Revival style house with a touch of Gothic Revival in the fabulous attic lancet windows and gained the Colonial Revival balustrade on the original porch in the 20th century.

Understanding these stylistic elements is key to identifying the character-defining features of the house, which should be the first step in any restoration plan.

Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” explores architectural style identification and how to spot changes made over time.

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Select preservation titles by other authors including “A Field Guide to American Houses” (revised edition) by Virginia McAlester are also available in our shop!

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