19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

Greek Revival- New but old

This Greek Revival house in the Hudson Valley was built in 1790.

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I would have guessed that the house below was built around 1825, but it was built in 1999. Gil Schafer, a Manhattan architect, couldn’t find one in the area to renovate so he built one instead. He stayed  true to the principles of Greek Revival architecture with a two story central portico, doric columns and pediment. The front door not centered, the kitchen wing on one side and the porch on the other are all neo-classical architectural elements. During that period (1790’s-1830’s), Greek Revivalism was applied to literature, art, our governmental system, furniture & interiors, as well as architecture.

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The traditional colors of Greek Revival walls were beige or pastel, but I do like the choice of orange  with the white moldings. The fireplace also incorporates neo-classical elements such as columns and woodwork detailing.  Other elements true to Greek Revival style interiors are stenciling, ornamental plasterwork and gilding.

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The wide plank flooring is old, which really helps keep it authentic feeling.

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What a great contemporary kitchen with a nice fireplace in it. A fireplace certainly would have been in the kitchen in 1825.

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Hand-painted two tone stripes on the walls. The two shades of green are just right.

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Wallpaper on the walls and the ceiling, an old and current practice.

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A canpoy bed in a British Colonial feeling bedroom draped with Indian print fabric.

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What a view to work from (with modern heating along the baseboard).

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I would have thought that at one time a buggy was inside this carriage house but it too is new.

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Many years ago I visited Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans and it is absolutely beautiful. It was built in 1839 and is one of the few remaining plantation houses with a simple symetrical plan and a beautiful portico with Greek detail.

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First image from google images, Hudson Valley House images from the NY Times, Oak Alley Plantation

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