Greek Revival

738 Warren Street

738 Warren Street


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.

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