Greek Revival

The style is recognized by its front facing gable and impressive pediment that either lies flat or rests on a row of massive columns stretching across an expansive, ornate porch. Doorways can be particularly elaborate, flanked by sidelights and a decorative door surround.

line drawing of door corner with Greek Revival style

Classical columns supporting porch roof or across the entire façade are distinguishing characteristics of Greek Revival houses.


Greek Revival houses may feature clapboard (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals) or beaded profiles (in a choice of 6” to 7” reveals).


Shapes were rarely a feature of Greek Revival style.


Historically, whites or ivories dominate Greek Revival exteriors. Modern interpretations can include a palette of other light colors — or even dark hues like deep red. Vinyl siding comes in hundreds of colors certified to withstand fading.

Trim and Accessories

Options suited for Greek Revival style include a heavy cornice with shingle, crown, dentil, or bed molding on fascia or friezes; brackets; decorative front door surrounds with triangular or broken pediments and pilasters; window crowns with keystone trim or pediments and lineals; band boards at the foundation or between floors; beaded soffit; roof balustrade; shutters; and gable vent covers.