New Orleans Architecture Series Greek Revival

Dated: 03/18/2013

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Greek Revival

Greek Revivalism became very popular in New Orleans in the mid 1800’s. The style of homes became a central part of the makeup of neighborhoods like the Garden/Lower New Orleans-Garden District&beds=0&baths=0&min=0&max=100000000&map=0&quick=1&submit=Search' title='Search Properties in Garden District'>Garden District, Uptown, Mid-City, Treme, Irish Channel, and more.  Two separate styles of homes became the most prominent examples of the use of Greek Revivalism in New Orleans. They are the Greek Revival shotgun single, and the Greek Revival double-gallery house.

Greek Revival Shotgun Single: This very rectangular one-story wood frame home would often be found elevated on brick piers. It includes a gallery/porch with usually a door on one end of the porch and two matching windows, side-by-side from center to other end. The front doors often include four panels, a transom above, and often Greek key elements on top or surrounding the door frame. Many times stucco was used on the front exterior, and each window usually had louvered shutters, demarking each window on the front gallery. The most crucial and identifiable elements of the Greek Revival style would be the home’s Doric squared pillars, dentils on the cornice, and parapet. Typically the sides of the house would consist of weatherboard siding and the low-pitched hip roof is completely concealed by the parapet.

Greek Revival Double Gallery House: This two-story home takes a very similar motif as the Greek Revival Shotgun Single and expands, adding a second story and gallery. These homes were often wood frame, elevated on brick piers (sometimes covered with a front panel), and included the stylistically-important Doric pillars and denticulated cornice with Greek key features. Homes built prior to 1850s included square wood balusters. Later on, cast iron became popular. One of New Orleans’ most famous homes in this style is world-famous artist Edgar Degas’ home located in Mid-City.

The key design elements of Greek Revival buildings are their clean forms, use of columns in the Greek taste, monumental forms and use of decorated cornices that are usually denticulated.  Many beautiful examples and variations can be found throughout New Orleans.

See an example of a Greek Revival currently listed here: {mls:881876}


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Clint LaCour

Prior or founding Rêve | Realtors along with three other top producing agents. Clint served on the Agent Leadership Council member at Keller Williams | New Orleans, which is home to over 100 real est....

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