Prominent columns, either square or rounded, Doric or Ionic, are the distinguishing features of Greek Revival architecture. The columns may support anything from a small entry porch that is less than the full height of the building to a full façade porch that is the full height of the building. Wide bands of trim beneath the cornice of both the main roof and the porch roof are a regular feature of Greek Revival houses. On gables, these bands form a triangular pediment.
Entrance doors typically have elaborate door surrounds, which often include freestanding columns or pilasters. The door is usually surrounded on top and sides by a band of rectangular panes of glass in a decorative frame. In the period, Greek Revival frame houses were usually painted white because it was not then known that ancient Greek buildings had often been polychromed.