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Greek Revival Door Styles

Doorway on a Brattle Street House in Cambridge

Doorway on a Brattle Street House in Cambridge

While on the What Style Is It? architecture tour during Cambridge Discovery Days we came across this excellent example of a Greek Revival door style on Brattle Street in Cambridge Massachusetts. 

The Greek Revival period in American architecture dates from about 1825 to 1860.  This house was built in 1852.

What appears to be the original door provides an example of some of the most common features of Greek Revival door styles:

  • There is a full transom window across the top
  • Sidelights flank the door
  • Plain columns support the classic entablature – the overhang above the door
  • The door itself has four panels
    Shutters for Greek Revival Sidelights

    Shutters for Greek Revival Sidelights

    – two longs panels above, two short panels below

  • Greek Revival doors also included single panel or two panel styles
  • Sometimes doors were paired

I couldn’t help but snap the photo at right of the door on this red painted Greek Revival house in Arlington. Built in 1848, with what looks like a more recent door, the door frame has the typical sidelights. I had never seen these with shutters before and I’m not certain to when these date. Nifty idea!

 

For a full illustration of Greek Revival door styles see Virginia and Lee McAlester’s book A Field Guide to American Houses.

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