Greek Revival Period

Early America was fascinated by the aesthetics of ancient and classical Greece for two main reasons: the young country was fueled by a growing understanding of democratic ideals, and the 1820s saw Greece battling its popular revolution for independence from the Ottoman Empire, which captured America’s sympathies. Some of the earliest American examples of the Greek Revival Style occurred in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities where builders constructed schools, post offices and government buildings that looked like ancient temples. In Delaware, the Greek Revival style was popularly applied to many houses and decorative arts, while nationally, the growing American market for fine art also embraced ancient Greek aesthetics, as demonstrated in figural sculpture and landscape painting.