Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos

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Craven, Jackie. "Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos." ThoughtCo, Apr. 10, 2017, thoughtco.com/neoclassical-houses-gallery-of-photos-4065256. Craven, Jackie. (2017, April 10). Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/neoclassical-houses-gallery-of-photos-4065256 Craven, Jackie. "Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/neoclassical-houses-gallery-of-photos-4065256 (accessed October 20, 2017).
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Rose Hill Manor

Greek Revival style in Port Arthur, Texas, the Rose Hill Manor, also called the Woodworth House
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture Greek Revival style in Port Arthur, Texas, the Rose Hill Manor, also called the Woodworth House. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Archive Photos Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Photos of Neoclassical Houses and Houses With Classical Details

In the late 1800s and the first half of the twentieth century, many American homes used details borrowed from the classical past. The photos in this gallery illustrate homes with imposing columns, domed roofs, or other Neoclassical features. To learn more about Neoclassical design, see: What Is Neoclassical Architecture?.

The temple-like pediment over the entry porch gives Rose Hill Manor in Texas a Classical air.

The Western world's discovery of the Roman ruins in Palmyra, Syria contributed to a newfound interest in Classical architecture—and reviving the style in 19th century architecture.

Port Arthur, Texas became an official city in 1898, and not long after that banker Rome Hatch Woodworth built this home in 1906. Woodworth also became Mayor of Port Arthur. Being in banking AND politics, Woodworth's regal home would take on the house style known for democracy and high ethical standards—Classical design in America has always had positive associations with Greek and Roman ideals. Neoclassical or the new classical design made a statement about the person who lived in it. At least that has always been the intention.

Neoclassical features on this home include:

Rose Hill Manor, also called the Woodworth House, is said to be haunted.

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Tidewater Neoclassical

Built in 1890, this home in Lexington, South Carolina has Neoclassical features.
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture Built in 1890, this home in Lexington, South Carolina has Neoclassical features. It also has characteristics of the Tidewater style. Photo © James Pryor Jr./The Lexington Flower Company

The two-story porch is a popular feature of Tidewater houses, but the tall pillars give this home a Neoclassical air.

Designed for hot, wet climates, Tidewater homes have extensive porches (or "galleries") on both stories. Neoclassical homes are inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. They often have porches with columns rising the full height of the building.

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Neoclassical Foursquare

This American Foursquare house has Neo-classical details.
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture This American Foursquare house has Neo-classical details. Photo © Jackie Craven

This house has the shape of an American Foursquare, but the decorative details are Neoclassical.

Neoclassical features on this Foursquare home include:

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Neoclassical in Delaware

The Neo-classical home of Milton Delgado and Hector Correa
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture The Neo-classical home of Milton Delgado and Hector Correa. Photo © Milton Delgado

Constructed of stone block, this Delaware home has Ionic columns, a second story balustrade, and many other Neoclassical features.

Neoclassical features on this home include:

This home has the same architectural details as the Neoclassical Foursquare in this photo gallery—yet these two home would NEVER become confused, because they look so different.

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Neoclassical Ranch

This house is a traditional Ranch style, with neo-classical features added on.
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture This house is a traditional Ranch style, with neoclassical features added on. Photo courtesy Clipart.com

Ouch! This house is a Raised Ranch, but a zealous builder tacked on Neoclassical details.

We certainly would not call this home Neoclassical, but we've included it in this photo gallery to show how builders add Classical details to contemporary homes. Neoclassical houses often have tall, two-story pillars at the entry. The triangular pediment is also a Neoclassical idea.

Unfortunately, the Neoclassical details seems out of place on this Raised Ranch style house.

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Neoclassical House

Neoclassical homes romanticize the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture Neoclassical homes romanticize the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Photo © 2005 Jupiterimages Corporation

Like America's White House, this Neoclassical home has a rounded entry porch with a balustrade along the top.

Neoclassical features on this home include:

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Celebration, Florida

Small neoclassical home in Celebration, Florida
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture Small neoclassical home in Celebration, Florida. Photo © Jackie Craven

Celebration, Florida is a Disneyland of house styles.

Just like Rose Hill Manor, this little house in the planned community of Celebration, Florida has a window in the pediment, above the neoclassical columns. You can find an array of early 20th century architecture in this late 20th century housing development begun by the Disney Corporation near their Buena Vista theme parks. Neoclassical style is one of the architectural attractions in Celebration.

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Gaineswood Plantation

Gaineswood, a Greek Revival plantation house in Demopolis, Alabama
Houses Inspired by Classical Architecture Gaineswood, a Greek Revival plantation house in Demopolis, Alabama. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Archive Photos Collection/Getty Images (cropped)

Gaineswood is a National Historic Landmark in Demopolis, Alabama.

 

Oftentimes a home doesn't start out being neoclassical.

In 1842, Nathan Bryan Whitfield bought a little two-room cabin from George Strother Gaines in Alabama. Whitfield's cotton business thrived, which allowed him to build up the cabin in the grand style of the day, Greek Revival or Neoclassical.

From 1843 and 1861, Whitfield himself designed and built his own temple plantation using the labor of his slaves. Incorporating ideas he liked that he had seen in the Northeast, Whitfield envisioned massive porticos with Classical pediments, using not one, not two, but three column types—Doric, Corinthian, and Ionic columns. 

And then the Civil War started.

Sources: Gaineswood, Alabama Historical Commission at www.preserveala.org/gaineswood.aspx; Gaineswood National Historic Landmark by Eleanor Cunningham, The Encyclopedia of Alabama [accessed March 19, 2016]

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Craven, Jackie. "Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos." ThoughtCo, Apr. 10, 2017, thoughtco.com/neoclassical-houses-gallery-of-photos-4065256. Craven, Jackie. (2017, April 10). Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/neoclassical-houses-gallery-of-photos-4065256 Craven, Jackie. "Is Your House Neoclassical? A Gallery of Photos." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/neoclassical-houses-gallery-of-photos-4065256 (accessed October 20, 2017).