When you think of Greece, a few things come to mind — hanging gardens, pillars, and amazing architecture. Ancient Greece was highly influential in world history and aside from its philosophy and democratic principles, it delivered one of the most beautiful architectural periods of all time. The Greek style of architecture had a lasting impact and saw a revival during the mid-1800s which reinvigorated the style, and remains very popular today.
Touching up or Remodelling?
Whether you are just fixing the place up and attempting to restore key Greek Revival features, or completely remodelling your home from scratch, it is worth considering the Greek revival style. This architectural style is characterised by a symmetrical design and incorporates tall standing pillars. Like the buildings they mimic, Greek revival homes are often large and spacious.
Other common features of the Greek style are a pediment gable, a symmetrical shape, heavy cornice, plain frieze and bold, simple mouldings. When restoring, remodelling, or building anew in the theme of Greek revival, another thing to keep in mind is that many of the homes have tall and pillared front porches. More often than not, there are also small windows by the French doors as well as windows around the square-shaped home.
Popularising of Greece and the Revival Period
In the mid-19th century, Greek styled homes became extremely popular in America as many people felt that Greece represented a true democratic society and was something to be replicated. This style of home at times became the ‘example’ plantation home. Elements of the Greek style were incorporated into the homes of other prosperous Americans.
However, in time, with the rise in popularity of the Gothic style home, the Greek revival gradually faded from American life, but it also seemed to disappear from England and throughout Europe.
Now, even though it is over a century later, we are experiencing another revival of the once popular Greek style. So if you want elements of this style in your own home, it is certainly becoming fashionable again and there are numerous older homes you can look to as an inspiration for your designs.
And even though styles can alter during revival periods, there are certain features of the Greek style which remain popular. So, remember to keep pillars in mind if you want to achieve the right look as well as a painted plaster exterior. When you get to the doors and their furnishings, as well as windows and hardware, it is best to check out the United Kingdom’s finest door business and one that specialises in Greek revival doors.
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