Sunday, August 24, 2014

Different Types Of Classical Revival


     I am excited to talk with you about the different types of Classical Revival styles. I want to make these articles dialog friendly, and hope that you reply! While I cannot say that I am a specialist in architectural styles, I can say that I have had my fair share of architectural classes, both undergrad and grad. And, I can also say that my obsession with homes of American and British Gentry will help in the discussion.

The National Register of Historic Places lists only a small type of these homes. These are:
·        Italianate
·        Georgian
·        Federal
·        Classical Revival
·        Greek Revival
·        Romanesque
·        Renaissance


      What makes the homes that I will present different than the ones listed above? That is a great question! First, the types listed are generalizations. Secondly, (and most importantly) many of the grand estates in the South have been “Grecianized” or “Romanized,” etc. The love affair with columns in the South has been noted by thousands of people, both historically and modern. I’m sure that most of you can say that when you think of a Southern Plantation or Mansion, the white Columned brick house comes to mind. This is what I am excited to discuss with you!

    The next time that you see a columned house, I don’t want you to think automatically that it is a “Greek Revival;” I want you to be able to break it down by fa├žade before you find out about the individuals and families that lived there. I think that the story of the historic home is not just about the architecture, but why this particular look was chosen. I think that the soul of the home is from the people that lived there, and the events that happened within the walls as well as outside on the grounds. Fashion trends worked on houses, just as they worked on clothing and hairstyles. Passion, either for or against something forged itself on the structures too. Politics and love were other reasons for certain houses. 


      This is what is so important. Remember that you love these homes, and others loved them before you. That is what makes them so appealing, I think. Houses are, and were, full of dreams, romance, politics, passion, love, hate, vengeance, insanity, war, peace, depravity, isolation, fear, loneliness, etc. Other points of reference are governmental and/or cultural influence. 


     These may or may not be of one’s own, either. Interestingly, these human emotions moved the formation of the homes’ interiors and exteriors. While there is no way to tell the entire story of a home within our short space here, I hope that by knowing a little bit more will entice you to continue your education at least a little.

I also hope that it will inspire you to visit house museums, get involved with your historical association, or just be able to understand just a little bit more than you do now. So, when you do see those columns, I want you to be able to see past the wood, concrete, brick, etc. and be able to commune with the home’s past.

Additional labels: real estate, housing, land, brokers, Realtors, Real Estate Agents, mortgages, investments, property, Greek revival, Roman Revival, Romanticism, Romantic Homes, House, American, Plantation, 

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