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Term: Greek revival (architecture)

Definition:

a style popular ca. 1830-1870 typified by symmetrical and formal patterns that echo classical architecture. Greek Revival buildings are characterized by porticos and pilasters reflecting the three Grecian orders: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. Eaves of Greek Revival buildings are typically detailed to resemble classical cornices and prominent gables are framed with heavy moldings. Roofs tend to be low-pitched and simple and look ¿heavy¿ compared to later styles. In Wisconsin the use of brick, fieldstone, and quarried-rock structures contrasted with clapboard versions more common in other regions of the country. Wisconsin examples include the Iowa County Courthouse (NRHP 1972) in Dodgeville, built in 1859 of locally quarried buff limestone; the 1853 William F. Kuehneman House (NRHP 1973) located on South Main Street in Racine; and the Cotton House (NRHP 1970), built in 1849 on South Webster Avenue in Green Bay. View more information elsewhere at wisconsinhistory.org 

View pictures relating to architecture at Wisconsin Historical Images.

[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986). ]

74 records found

G.A.R.
gable (architecture)
gad (mining)
gaff (maritime)
gaff-topsail (maritime)
gale (maritime)
Galena
galena (mining)
Galena Light Guard; LaCrosse Light Guard (Civil Wa
galley (maritime)
gambrel roof (architecture)
gandy dancer (railroads)
Gandy-dancer (logging)
Gangway (logging)
garnet (mining)
gas stations in Wisconsin
gauge (railroads)
gay history in Wisconsin
Gay Purge of 1962
genealogy
General (Civil War)
General Allotment Act (1887)
General Motors plant, Janesville
Geneva Independents (Civil War)
Gentile League
German Renaissance Revival (architecture)
German-English Academy
Gettysburg, Battle of
ghee (dairy)
Gideons
ginseng
girt (farming)
Give-her-snoose (logging)
glume (farming)
Gogebic Boom (mining)
Gogebic Range
Golden Fleece Awards
gondola (railroads)
Good Roads Movement
gorget
Gothic revival (architecture)
Governor's Commission on Human Rights
Governor's Guard (Civil War)
governors
grab bar (railroads)
Grading-crew (logging)
gramineou (farming)
Grand Army of the Republic
Grand Chute
Grand Portage
Granger Movement
Grant Country Grays (Civil War)
Grant County Sixth (Civil War)
Grant County Union Guards (Civil War)
Great Depression
Great Lakes Intertribal Council
Great Migration
Great River
Greek revival (architecture)
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Union Guards (Civil War)
greenbacks (Civil War)
Greene County Guards (Civil War)
Greenhorn (Civil War)
greenstone (mining)
gross tonnage (maritime)
ground swell (maritime)
Ground-loader (logging)
grout (architecture)
Grub-stake (logging)
Gugler Lithographic Company
gulp of ore (mining)
gunwale (maritime)
gusset (maritime)

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