The neoclassical, or just plain classical, house plan style arose in the mid-19th century. Instead of mimicking colonial English styles, classical house plans espouse the more romantic architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. A typical classical home plan features two stories (sometimes flanked by one story wings) and a grand entryway. Sometimes this impressive entrance features a porch with elegant columns supporting a chic triangular pediment. In other cases, the entrance may boast a two story portico supported by two towering columns. Whatever slight variation is invoked, rest assured that a classical house plan’s entryway will ooze curb appeal and quickly become the talk of the block.
A classical house plan is symmetrical and proportional. The front door—encompassed in the signature grand entryway--is usually presented in the center of the home, with a balanced number of windows on either side of it. Roofline balustrades and other unique and decorative details, like egg-and-dart molding, are also common.
Within the below classical house plans collection, you’ll likely come across Greek Revival (sometimes called Southern Colonial) and Adam/Federal style house plans. Like classical house plans, Greek Revival and Adam/Federal blueprints trace their origins back to the classical formality of the post-colonial, mid-19th century period. As a result, they feature many of the same characteristics, including number of stories (two or more), symmetry, spaciousness, and splendor.