Greek Revival

Greek Revival 

Period 1825-1860

"Greek architecture is the flowering of geometry."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are many different architectural styles, but one of my personal favorites is the Greek Revival.  There are two variations of the Greek Revival.  One is the temple style that is more elaborate with columns, pediments, and large porticoes.  The other is a more modest version.  It has fewer embellishments but incorporates a rectangular Greek shape.  I prefer the Greek Revival farmhouse style.  It tends to be a bit simpler.  They always remind me of a perfect symmetrical box.  The majority of Greek Revivals are painted white.  When we owned our Greek Revival we went outside the box and used color.


The Andalusia has been called the best example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States.  It was built in 1795 by John Craig.  It was enlarged in 1806 by architect Benjamin Latrobe, and again in 1835 by architect Thomas U. Walter.  It is a great example of the more elaborate Greek Revival style.  In 1966 it was declared a National Historic Landmark.
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