History of the Greek Revival Style Home

In the heart of Nashville, Tennessee lies our very own “Central Park”, known as Centennial Park. It is a peaceful and picturesque place of recreation that hosts activities such as arts & craft fairs, concerts and performances, food and wine tastings, and leisure afternoons of dog walking, jogging, napping, and frisbee throwing. In addition to all this it is also home to the famous Parthenon Museum which is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and is just about the most prime example of Greek Revival architecture in the U.S. Originally this style of architecture began with public buildings in Philidelphia back in 1820 and quickly popularized itself as homes throughout the U.S.


The Greek Revival Style Home is commonly identified by its symmetrical shape, bold columns and pediments, and low roof lines. The style adopted features of Greek temples and was thought by Americans at the time to embody the concept of Democracy. During the 1830’s to the 1850’s most public and private buildings predominantly incorporated some Greek Revival characteristics.


There are some regional differences throughout the U.S. where certain elements are prevalent in the Greek Revival Style Home. In warmer southern climates, piazzas and porticoes are more popular. And further north, austere farmhouses with understated pilasters and columns are more widely found. The Greek Revival boasts two different variations, “the temple”, which incorporates pediments, pilasters, columns and porticoes. The other variation is more modest, adopting more of the simple rectangular Greek shapes with little embellishments. To replicate the look of marble most Greek Revival Style Homes are primarily painted white.


 While the Greek Revival Style Home is often associated with imposing columns and porch entries, the style can range from very simple, rectangular buildings with pilasters to elaborate mansions with intricate cornices and friezes. The cornice is the upper section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below the roof. A frieze is a horizontal band which runs above doorways and windows. 



Reference: Wikipedia.com, Wentwortharchitecture.com


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