Greek Revival house plans became extremely popular among prosperous Americans between 1830 and 1860, partly as a backlash against British styles, but also because they celebrated the democratic culture of ancient Greece. The Greek Revival quickly spread throughout the Atlantic states and deep south in the form of the iconic antebellum plantation house. Greek Revival home plans are characterized by their bold symmetrical shape, low-pitched pedimented gables, and temple-like porticos supported by grandiose columns. Classical details garnish the central entry door, the tall windows, and the cornices.
Grand and dignified even in one-story cottage style interpretations, Greek Revival home designs are comfortable in country, suburban, and city settings, where their combination of formality and a sense of gracious living never goes out of style.