Stately and refined by design, Greek Revival house plans are ideal for large family homes sited on estate-sized properties, but they are also suited for sophisticated in-town homes and neo-urban cottages.
Elegant, bold, and simple, neoclassical Greek Revival home designs started appearing in America in the early 19th century when tastes turned toward the ideals of the ancient world. Typically two or three stories and clad in white clapboard, these spare, symmetrical houses often feature a temple-inspired pedimented front gable, a heavy cornice, wide plain frieze, imposing front columns, and narrow transom windows atop the front door. Orderly interior floor plans feature a long central hall flanked by formal rooms and flooded by sunlight from tall double hung windows.
- Symmetrical façade almost always punctuated by a central portico
- Low pitched gable or hipped roof, may be partially hidden by a prominent cornice or parapet