York Hall, a spectacular Colonial Revival style house in Bath, Maine, by the Boston architectural firm Peabody & Stearns, completed in 1898. Original drawing courtesy of Boston Public Library.
America’s most enduring residential architectural style, the Colonial Revival started in the late 19th century and has never really gone away. A product of the late Victorian period, it looked back to the Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles. It freely combined elements from all of them, often with some elements of other popular Victorian-era styles.
Colonial Revival is still popular enough that some real estate agents regularly call every old house “Colonial.” This is an exceptional example of a Colonial Revival house, mixing elements of the Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles.
Understanding the architectural style of your house should be the starting point for planning your restoration/rehabilitation project.
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