Greystone, 1853, Essex, New York Puzzle

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!

Greystone, 1853, Essex, New York

Designed by architect T.S. Whitby, the Greek Revival style mansion was built of native limestone for Belden Noble. Noble was a son of prominent Essex businessman Ransom Noble. The house overlooks Lake Champlain and remains in the hands of Noble descendants. Photo by Kurt Riegel.

Greek Revival-style houses are often defined by a temple-like pedimented gable, frequently turned toward the street. But not every Greek Revival house has a pediment, as this beautiful example shows. Greek Revival is called America’s first National style, with examples built across the settled areas of the country between the 1820s and 1860s. It appears on small cottages, capes, grand mansions, southwestern adobe houses, and urban rowhouses.

Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation. Greek Revival is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and 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!

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