Egyptian Revival

357 Allen Street

357 Allen Street

1835–c. 1890

Columns are the distinguishing feature of Egyptian Revival houses. The typical Egyptian Revival column resembles a bundle of sticks that is tied near the top and bottom and flared at the top. In the rare surviving domestic examples of Egyptian Revival style, these Egyptian columns are superimposed on houses that are otherwise Greek Revival or Italianate in form.

Egyptian Revival style was more commonly used for public structures—monuments, mausoleums, cemetery gates, prisons, and occasionally churches. The Egyptian Revival design of the Halls of Justice in New York City (1838) inspired the still-used nickname “The Tombs.”

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