Term: Greek revival (architecture)
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
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[Source: Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986).