1840-1890

Greek Revival

2-2.5 stories
Professionals in the mid-19th century saw the U.S., with its democratic principles, as the spiritual successor of ancient Greece. During the 1840s, ancient Greek culture inspired architecture and place names, such as Athens, Sparta, and Ithaca, especially in Upstate New York. Because Eau Claire was settled after the Greek Revival was popular, the city has few examples.

The example shown was built by a banker. The most easily identified features of Greek temple-front buildings are columns and pilasters, bold and simple moldings, pedimented gables, and heavy cornices with unadorned friezes.

Although an early 19th century style, the  two-story high columns of the Greek Revival continue to be used, as in this brick version from the late 1960s built by a dentist.
Most Gothic Revival houses have these features:
at least two -- more commonly four -- columns in the front, two-stories high
columns and pilasters
bold and simple moldings
pedimented gables
heavy cornices with unadorned friezes

Created by Jake Schlueter, June 10th,  1997; last revised on27 September 2005.