Greek Revival Home Style
Greek Revival was the most popular style of architecture for American houses from about 1830 to 1860. Reflecting a growing interest in Classical architecture, the style is essentially a Georgian design, turned on end so the gable faces the street. The gable can be an impressive pediment that is flat or rests on a row of massive columns that often stretches across the entire façade – which also typically includes an expansive, ornate porch – creating a “Greek temple” look. Cornice lines with a wide band of trim beneath frequently appear. This trim band often is divided in the Classical style with a frieze above and architrave below. Doorways can be particularly elaborate, surrounded on the top and both sides by side lites and accented by a decorative door surround.
Color: Historically, whites or ivories dominate Greek Revival exteriors. Modern interpretations can include a palette of light colors - or even feature dark hues like deep red.
Trim and Accessories: A wide selection of architectural trim and accessories are available for use with vinyl siding. Options suited for Greek Revival style include a heavy cornice with shingle, crown, dentil or bed molding on fascia or frieze [or both]; brackets; decorative front door surrounds with triangular or broken pediments and pilasters; window crowns with keystone trim or pediments and lineals; band boards at foundation or between floors; beaded soffit; roof balustrade; shutters; and gable vent covers.