The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!
This classic Greek Revival house was later updated with a Classical Revival porch. 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 drawings for “correct” Classical elements which were often copied with fidelity. This example is located in Thompson, CT.
This straightforward example of the style has 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. It really got a boost with the addition of a Classical Revival porch, probably near the end of the 19th century. The cheerful color scheme may date to the same period. It was a favorite of the Classical Revival/Colonial Revival period.
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.”
Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!