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Georgian Architecture – A Mini History

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The Georgian Style is a name that was given to a broad spectrum of architectural styles that were typical of English-speaking areas anywhere between the 1720’s and 1840’s.  While there are many different subcategories within this broad span of time, the nomenclature was given for one main reason.  Just like many other things during this time period, tribute was paid to the monarchs of England; the kings George the first through George the fourth, who reigned, not coincidentally, during the same time period of the architectural style.

Georgian Architecture

Georgian Architecture

While many of the subcategories have their own characteristic design elements and style, many of the examples of Georgian architecture have a handful of their own features that remain consistent throughout the time period.  These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 1 or 2 story box style homes arranged symmetrically
  • Panel, centered front door topped with an elaborate entablature
  • Decoratively embellished cornice
  • A chimney on each side of the home
  • A portico in the middle of the roof

This style is found in nearly every town or city in the original thirteen colonies of the United States, and many southern states.  Many plantation homes as well as universities were built in the Georgian style, or in the Gothic subculture.  Brown University, Samford University and College of William and Mary are all perfect examples of this style, and some people say that the inspiration for Margaret Mitchell’s Tara was also an example of the style.

Georgian Architecture

Just like with many other things associated with the English monarchy during this time period the Georgian architectural style lost popularity with the colonists shortly after the revolution.  The result was yet another category of architecture, dubbed the Neo-Georgian style.

Both Commercial, Estates and Residential buildings were created in the Georgian Architecture movement across the Northern and Southern United States – extending even into Canada. When renovating these buildings, it is important to note that the interior and exterior hardware is still produced today. Check online for Georgian Architecture – companies such as LookInTheAttic and Copper Mountain Hardware still manufacture this style of Architectural hardware components.


Written by antiqueswriter

April 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm