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Denver architecture: Greek Revival

Greek Revival is very rare in Colorado and the few examples that exist date from between 1860 and the mid-1870s.  The style is more appropriately called Greek “Survival” because it is an unusually late appearance of a style that began in the Eastern United States in the 1820s and fell out of favor by 1860.  Colorado examples represent a late adoption of the style.

Element’s characteristic of Greek Revival in Colorado includes pedimented lintels and architraves over windows and doors, pilaster boards at the corners, engaged piers, transoms and sidelights surrounding entrances, and slim, refined Doric or Tuscan columns.

Most all Greek Revival buildings are wood-frame and clapboard sided, and they are predominately residential.  Most are found in the state’s early mining towns.

What makes a house a Greek Revival?

Characteristic Features: pediment-shaped window head, transom, sidelights, pilaster corner boards, Doric or Tuscan columns.

Where to look in Colorado

Bradford Press House and Thomas House in Central City are good examples of the Greek Revival Style.