History of the Georgian Style Home

Like many cities in the Southern U.S., the Mid-West, and along the East Coast, the city of Nashville, TN is adorned with one of America’s most consistently popular types of homes – The Georgian Style home (also known as the Federal Style). The Georgian Style stamped its way through the colonies between the 1700’s and the Revolutionary War. In Nashville today Georgians remain spread throughout many neighborhoods such as Belle Meade and Green Hills.

Tied to the work of English architect Sir Christopher Wren, the Georgian was undeniably the more dominant trend in architecture during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Though it was originally identified mostly by its congruent and symmetrical design, classic proportions and decorative elements, its popularity began to slow down after the establishment of the U.S. and the emergence of our American Federal Style – the common red brick, blue shutters and white trim. This architectural change flourished in the early 1800’s and birthed its way across the country.



Common Characteristics:

  • Firm Symmetry In Building Mass: (e.g. window & door placement)
  • Northern designs mostly utilized wood and shingle cladding. Traditional materials mainly consisted of brick, while southern states commonly adopted stone and succo.
  • Georgians have hip roofs: (the ends of the roof inclines as well as the sides).
  • Double-hung sash windows and small panes. Georgians built of wood typically had decorative pediments over the windows, while brick Georgians used decorative brick headers above the windows.
  • The entrances are most commonly placed front and center, often with huge archways embellished with wood or brick. 



The Grassmere Farm House 

A historic Federal style mansion located in the heart of the Nashville Zoo.


Reference: Wikipedia, BBC History


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