Architectural Styles - Greek Revival (1830 - 1865)

Greek Revival houses were characterized by simplicity, strength and dignity. One of the major trademarks of Greek Revival is the Greek-key doorway (also known as crossettes), characterized by a slightly overlapping lintel and a slight flaring out of the face of the surround from the top to the bottom. Other distinguishing features of the style are a low-pitched roof, full entablature supported by Greek columns, and such Greek ornamentation as dentils, egg-and-dart molding, rosettes, palmettes, honeysuckles, and acanthus leaves.

Entrance doors were generally paneled, frequently flanked by sidelights and a rectangular transom, and framed with classical pilasters and cornice. Window surrounds were simple and severe, and shutters were most often the operable-louver type. Door and window openings were always flat-topped, as ancient Greek structures did not use arches.

The above description was taken from "New Orleans Houses, a House-Watcher's Guide" by Lloyd Vogt.


Some Examples of Greek Revival Houses at the Bay
(Past and Present)

414 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 59

"Swoop Manor" Built 1853. 1½-story 5x2-bay clapboard house with undercut gallery and shotgun side addition. 3 pedimented gable dormers. Central entrance with eaved surround. Denticulated frieze. Boxed wood gallery columns with the exception of the 2 central columns which are Corinthian cast-iron.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)

806 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 75

"Beachwood Hall" Built 1840. 1 ½-story 5x3-bay frame dwelling with undercut gallery, gable roof and central entrance. Entrance with transom and sidelights. Wood posts with capitals support wide frieze. 3 gabled dormers.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)

502 South Beach Boulevard
National Register # 63

"Hilltop" Built in 1860. 1-story 5x3-bay frame house with high basement, hip roof, central entrance and undercut gallery. 2 stairways lead to central bay of the first floor. Paired posts.
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005)

610 North Beach Boulevard
National Register # 16

Ca. 1900. 1-story 7x3-bay gable-roofed house with projecting front porch and central entrance. (C)
(Destroyed by Katrina in 2005. Rear building still standing.)

206 Union Street
National Register # 332

Ca. 1850. Greek Revival style. 1-story gable-roofed cottage with 5-bay façade. Main entrance in central, double-leafed with sidelight and transom. Eaved architrave splayed at bottom. 2 secondary entrances onto porch. Squared posts with capitals.

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