American Home Guide 101 - Neoclassical

Federalist homes were common from the late 1700's to early 1800's. Common features include:

  • Low-pitched roof with balustrade
  • Windows symmetrical around the doorway
  • Semicircle fanlight over front door
  • Oval rooms and arches

Greek Revival

Popular up until the mid 19th century, many homes were built with this style in mind, originating in Philadelphia. Attributes include:

  • Pediment gable
  • Symmetrical shape
  • Heavy cornice and bold modlings
  • Entry porch with columns
  • Pilasters


These homes were built primarily in the 1800's for wet, hot climates. Trademark features include:

  • Lower level elevated on stilts/pilings
  • 1-2 story porches that often surrounds the house
  • Often hipped roofs
  • Wooden construction