Cheery Yellow c. 1850 Greek Revival in Bath, Maine.
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 Classical details which builders copied.
This is a late example of the style with the typical 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. Hints of the emerging Italianate style are seen in the window hoods, bay window, and double entry doors. The door hood supported by lattice is a later addition.
The yellow siding with white trim and dark green shutters became popular at the end of the 19th century. Greek Revival houses were often painted all white with dark green or black shutters when new.
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.
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