Greek Revival House

1825 - 1860

The upcoming of this style

In the mid-19th century, many prosperous Americans believed that ancient Greece represented the spirit of democracy. Interest in British styles had waned during the bitter War of 1812. Also, many Americans sympathized with Greece's own struggles for independence in the 1820s. Greek architecture first became public in Philadelphia.

Features of this home style


  • Pedimented gable
pediment is a low-pitched triangular gable on buildings in ancient Greece and Rome
  • Symmetrical shape
  • Heavy cornice
cornice is the uppermost section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below a roof
  • Bold, Simple moldings
  • Narrow windows around the front door
  • Entry porch with columns