Greek Revival style home plans quickly sprang up in the South. Often these symmetrical, columned homes were called Southern Colonial houses. Prosperous Americans in the mid-19th century thought ancient Greece represented the spirit of democracy. So, American’s interest in British styles tapered and soon a Greek revival occurred. With simple lines, a symmetrical shape, and simple moldings, this style of home became very popular. Other features of Greek Revival architecture include gable roofs and square or rounded columns. Thomas Jefferson popularized Greek Revival style because of his support of the Greek democratic ideal. He even built the Virginia State Capitol building in this style in 1785.
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Greek Revival house designs have an orderly appearance thanks to their symmetrical exterior and bold, sturdy columns across the front facade. Their style definitely instills a feeling of stability and their classic appeal appears to span decades and is still widely used today in all types of building both residential and commercial.
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