Greek Revival style

Greek Revival style

(1750–1860)
The Greek contribution to Neoclassical architecture stood for a purity and simplicity of structure and form. The buildings are square or rectangular, proportions are broad, details are simple, facades are symmetrical and silhouettes are bold. Freestanding columns support a pedimented gable. Many government and civic buildings are designed in this style, which is more suited to these building types than to smaller domestic buildings.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

Greek Revival style

Greek Revival style
An architectural style based on the reuse of ancient Greek forms in architecture. Public buildings in this style were usually symmetrical in plan and rectangular in shape. Buildings in this style are commonly characterized by: asymmetrical plan, a symmetric front-gabled façade with a classical pedimented portico extending across the building; a façade of brick, clapboard, or stone construction; a partial-height porch, sometimes with the porch roof having a raked cornice supported on round or square columns with ornamental capitals; pilasters; a frieze or a plain wide band of trim with a simple architrave below a heavy cornice; walls that imitate flat stonework, wood buildings often painted white; typically sparse ornamentation, including classical Greek decorative motifs; gabled or hipped roof; widely spaced double-hung windows trimmed with decorative crowns; a wide, imposing entryway, framed by pilasters or engaged columns; an entry door usually having raised panels with a horizontal line of small lights above the door; a vertical line of small lights on each side of the door. In America, during the height of its widespread popularity from about 1820 to the 1850s, Greek Revival was frequently called the National Style. Also see Classical Revival style and Neoclassical style.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The academy's humble beginning was in "Old Main," a three-story, blond-brick building designed in a Greek revival style at 360 Park St., near historic downtown Elgin.
The houses were built in or around 1840 in Greek Revival style. They were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and are believed to be the only surviving examples of middle 1800s row houses in Rochester.
This was destroyed by fire 40 years later and was rebuilt in the Greek revival style. Robert Hughes, heir to the family's copper fortune, ordered an extensive restyling between 1870-1874.
Beth Israel in Honesdale, PA is an example of the Greek Revival style, fashionable for houses of worship in the 1840s and early 1850s (figure 2).
The building is in the Greek Revival style, with an Ionic order portico, and in the ornamented pediment there is a central lyre where the symbol for tablets of stone once featured.
It impeccably reflects the embodiment of the Greek Revival style from the 1850s and the Creole essence of the 18th century.
The three-story, three-bay, red-brick rowhouse was constructed in the Greek Revival style with a rusticated brownstone basement, and retains Greek Revival fencing at the areaway.
It boasts the state's oldest law court, built in 1854 in a Greek Revival style and topped with a clock tower.
In 1824, the Infirmary moved to Brownlow Street to a new building designed in the Greek Revival style by John Foster Junior.
His taste in choosing the Greek Revival style was not unusual for its time (around 1837).
Opened in 1837, the Coal Exchange was built by George Burlison of Darlington in the Greek Revival style for PS4,500, on the corner of North Street and Commercial Street.
Built in the Greek Revival style in 1790 this two-storey period house and the entire estate has been restored to its former glory with terraced lawns and formal gardens.