Greek Revival Houses: A Historic Beauty

A story of refined grander –Greek revival house architecture is an international style, its most popular form today is embodied in beautiful American historic homes and even new interpretations of the style. The architectural wonder of this style seems to never lose its appeal, an enduring classic, sought by home lovers and architecture aficionados worldwide.

 

The Greek Revival House and Civic Building: An American Classic 

Top architects with refined imagination and a sense of history often conduct wide scale renovations of these properties, and one particularly beautiful example is that of Gil Schaefer’s Hudson Valley home, New York, set in a bucolic countryside beautifully placed in expanses of green fields and trees. This place evokes the grand estates of England as well as the spectacularly beautiful conceptions of antiquity seen in civic buildings all over the United States.

In the United States, this amazing style of architecture can be traced back to the early nineteenth century at the time of independence from the British. Grand homes and civic buildings featured facades that resembled ancient Greek temples.

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For the most part, these formal buildings and houses were constructed of plaster and wood, and were painted white, evoking the elegance of ancient stonework. The Greek Revival House was often surmounted by a low pitched or gabled roof. There are many forms and interpretations of this style, from grandiose temple like homes all over the United States, to the palatial homes of Southern architecture as well as simple farmhouses embellished with doric column porches.

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© The Great American House by Gil Schafer, Rizzoli, 2012

Greek Revival House: The elements

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© The Great American House by Gil Schafer, Rizzoli, 2012

Beautiful columns, pediments, moldings, friezes and ornate entryways characterize this style of architecture which continues to be incredibly popular to this day. Talented architects and designers today have created new interior spaces that combine modern lighting, decor and updates that still preserve the pared down beauty of Greek Revival style.

Greek revival houses are widely admired for their sense of patrician antiquity, simple yet ornate design, and the way in which they evoke a sense of history and elegance.

Greek Revival House: An Amazing Contemporary Reimagining 

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Design by Leland vanDeventer

Greek revival architecture continues to be prized and adored in North America in particular, and many architects and designs retain a more traditional decor theme, including nineteenth century furniture, ornate wallpapers, and portraiture. However, this icon of classical beauty adapts easily to a modern style in the right hands. Like this this inspiring redesign by Leland vanDeventer of a historic New Orleans home. The American interior designer has made this antique home the most modern of spaces – including a lovely kitchen with hanging lighting and crisp design. The interplay of the purity of white Greek revival is updated and reimagined.

Today, this truly elegant style has an enduring appeal and continues to attract the attention of architects, designers and luxury home buyers worldwide. Modern updates become the canvas for art collections, decoration and a sense of elegant living.

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