Greek Revival Floor Plans

Classicism reigned in the mid-19th century as our country settled into independence and moved away from colonial English styles and toward the more romantic, classical styles of ancient Greece. Greek Revival residences are based on ancient temples and often feature two-story columns supporting a wide veranda. Many institutional buildings were constructed in this style, but it was also a popular residential plan, prominent on Southern plantations and throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Today, this house plan would be at home on a large country estate or formal urban lot.

The roofline of Greek Revival homes is often flat or side-gabled with a very low pitch and usually features a heavy cornice. A center front gable is almost always present and is the quintessential Greek Revival touch. In addition, a columned portico will always mark the entry and may be one or two stories with a partial or full-width colonnaded front porch. An elaborate frame often surrounds the door. Common decorative motifs are the Greek key, egg-and-dart design, or ornamental acanthus leaves.

A Greek Revival floor plan is usually rectangular. A growing family may wish to extend at the rear to add space while maintaining the classic, symmetrical façade. Another way to maintain the integrity of the Greek Revival style while increasing living space would be to build identical projecting wings at the sides.

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