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Washtenaw County Historic District Commission

Greek Revival Architectural Tour

Greek Revival architecture was America's first national architectural style. During the early decades of the 19th century many towns adopted Greek names such as Utica, Athens, Ypsilanti, and Syracuse. In Washtenaw County, Greek Revival architecture was prevalent between 1820 and 1865. The style is expressed primarily in houses, but some churches, schools, and commercial buildings contain Greek Revival features. Characteristics of this style consist of a rectangular shape, a medium-to-low-pitched gable roof, and clapboard covered exteriors. Other common features include gable returns, frieze boards, corner boards or pilasters, round or square columns, pediments, six-over-six double-hung rectangular windows, and elegant door surrounds.

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