What’s behind those columns?

Discover the hidden past of many Bluegrass Greek Revival homes

Kentucky is famed for its genteel horse farms boasting white-columned Greek Revival estates. Visitors are often surprised to discover many of these “Greek Revival” manses date from much earlier than that period (c.1830-60) in Kentucky.

As now, homeowners were eager to demonstrate their modern sensibilities and au courant style. Numerous homes first perceived as “Greek Revival” were actually constructed earlier, with later additions of classical elements to mimic the fashionable new homes of the era.

The Greek Revival style signaled the sophistication in the transformed Bluegrass. No longer an untamed wilderness, Lexington was now the “Athens of the West,” after all.

Homeowners with Federal (or more rarely Georgian or other) homes upgraded by including a portico or a porch supported by columns. Pediments with or without reliefs were incorporated. Windows were sometimes enlarged, with molding added to further emphasize their size.

Exterior cladding and finishes played a crucial role in achieving the Greek Revival look, with homeowners sometimes applying stucco or other materials to mimic the appearance of stone or marble commonly associated with the style. Some homeowners even altered rooflines to more fashionable pitches.

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