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Greek Revival

The style is recognized by its front facing gable and impressive pediment that either lies flat or rests on a row of massive columns stretching across an expansive, ornate porch. Doorways can be particularly elaborate, flanked by sidelights and a decorative door surround.


Greek Revival houses may feature clapboard (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals) or beaded profiles (in a choice of 6” to 7” reveals).


Shapes were rarely a feature of Greek Revival style.


Historically, whites or ivories dominate Greek Revival exteriors. Modern interpretations can include a palette of other light colors — or even dark hues like deep red. Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors certified to withstand fading.

Trim and Accessories

Options suited for Greek Revival style include a heavy cornice with shingle, crown, dentil, or bed molding on fascia or friezes; brackets; decorative front door surrounds with triangular or broken pediments and pilasters; window crowns with keystone trim or pediments and lineals; band boards at the foundation or between floors; beaded soffit; roof balustrade; shutters; and gable vent covers.

Classical columns supporting porch roof or across the entire façade are distinguishing characteristics of Greek Revival houses.

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