The founders of our country adopted principles of Classicism in developing an architectural identity for the United States. Ancient Greece provided architectural inspiration for public buildings, reflecting the elite intellectual ties the Greek Revival style had to ancient Greek democracy. Over time, Classical design evolved into our national style.
The Classical style has been key in establishing the character of many grand, historic neighborhoods across the country. Meadowbrook Park will continue this tradition with Classical designs in the Georgian, Federal, Colonial Revival and Greek Revival styles.
The Classical Revival home is an ordered composition of simple, well-proportioned volumes, often with a centralized one or two-story stoop or porch supported by columns. Floor plans are typically symmetrical, with their massing parallel to the street. Homes may be two, two and one-half or three- story, with the uppermost floor partially occurring within the roof mass. Windows and doors have tall, elegant proportions. Columns, cornices and doors are beautifully detailed and follow Classic rules of order. Depending on the style variation, the Classical Revival home is typically clad in handmade brick, painted brick, light sand finish stucco or smooth bevel lap siding, with roofing generally of slate, appropriate synthetic slate or metal.
Essential Elements of the Classical Revival Style:
- Simple, well-proportioned rectangular massings, gable commonly runs parallel with street.
- Highly detailed cornice and details follow and reference historical precedent.
- Openings are vertically proportioned and orderly in their relationship with one another.
- A prominent stoop or porch defines the entrance.
- Historically based and well-detailed columns, entablatures and porches in either the Tuscan, Doric or Ionic orders.