Find Historic Homes for Sale

Search Listings

Browse Listings

Find An Agent

Your Feedback

Mailing List

Enter your email address to stay informed about OldHouses.com


More Info

Early National and Romantic House Styles

Examples · Links · Books · Listings

Victoria Mansion Grand Staircase

The Romantic Style (1820-1880) of American houses grew in popularity in a time when the U.S. was attempting to break free from English culture and looked to the ancient world for architectural inspiration. While architects like Thomas Jefferson gained influence from Rome designing Early Classical and Colonial Revival styles, other American architects delved even deeper in to the past of ancient Greece, the "mother of all democracies". This inspired the Greek Revival Style which dominated America's commercial and residential building types from about 1830 until 1850. In the 1840s another fashionable Renaissance style arose which was primarily influenced by the cathedrals, castles, and manor houses of the Middle Ages, the Gothic Revival style. The final Romantic House Style, Italianate, also borrowed from Renaissance designs with Italian farmhouse influences all combined with Americanized doors, windows, and decorations.

Types of Early National and Romantic Styles include: Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, and Italianate

 

Back To Top

Early National and Romantic Examples

Identifying Features

Lyndhurst Art Gallery
  1. Greek Revival:
    Pedimented Gable covering entry supported by columns
    Symmetrical Shape
    Bold and Simple Moldings
    Decorative Pilasters
  2. Gothic Revival:
    Steeply Pitched Roof
    Grouped Chimneys
    Pinnacles, Battlements, and shaped Parapets
    Quatrefoil and Clover Shaped Windows
    Oriel Windows
    Asymmetrical Floor Plan
  3. Italianate:
    Pedimented Gables
    Asymmetrical Floor Plan
    Bold and Simple Moldings
    Decorative Pilasters

Greek Revival Style

Greek Revival Style

Greek Revival Style

Greek Revival Style

Gothic Revival Style

Gothic Revival Style

Italianate Style

Italianate Style

 

Back To Top

Early National and Romantic Links

 

Back To Top

Early National and Romantic House Books

Archived Early National and Romantic Example Listings

View Active Early National and Romantic Houses For Sale

Historic Property From The Archives

Melrose

circa 1845 Greek Revival
View Details


portland, ME
Where is This Listing?

Historic Property From The Archives

Victoria Mansion

circa 1860 Italianate
View Details


tarrytown, NY
Where is Tarrytown?

Historic Property From The Archives
Old House Museum

Lyndhurst

circa 1838 Gothic Revival
View Details


View More Archived Examples

Back To Top