Boldly Red Greek Revival

Boldly Red Greek Revival. Often called America’s first National style, examples of the style were built across the country between the 1820s and 1860s. It was spread by published builder’s guides that contained Classical details which were copied by builders.

This is a straightforward example of the style with 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. The recessed door with surround replicating the pilasters and entablature in a smaller scale is also a common feature of the style.

Bright red is not a historically accurate color, although some Greek Revival houses were originally painted a more muted dark red made from iron oxide pigment.

Understanding the style of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house. Greek Revival is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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