Photo by Streets of Washington.
Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
- While word was out about it for a while, there are now signs on the old Five Guys announcing that it will become a &Pizza.
- Nice guide to eating in Georgetown.
This week, GM is running a rerun of his series on Georgetown architecture:
This week GM is exploring the varieties of historic architecture in Georgetown and offering a field guide to help you identify each particular style.
Today: Romantic Period
For American architecture, the Romantic period stretched from 1820s to the 1880s representing the last years of the Federal Period through to the middle stages of the Victorian Era. In Georgetown the two most common Romantic Period styles are Greek Revival and Italianate.
First up: Greek Revival.
Greek Revival style homes were the dominant style across the U.S. from 1830s to 1850s. So much so that it is also called the “National Style”. Whereas Roman designs influenced the Federal period, increasingly intellectuals looked to Greece as the more appropriate model for the young democracy. Continue reading
It’s the summer doldrums, and GM is getting ready for his vacation so this week please enjoy a rerun of his Field Guide to Georgetown Homes:
If there’s one constant in Georgetown real estate listings, it’s that every house, no matter its shape and style, is described as “Federal”. The problem is that only a small percentage of homes in Georgetown could fairly be described as “Federal”.
Georgetown represents a cross section of 19th century architecture. It has buildings of just about every major style from that time period. To help his readers better appreciate the wealth of architectural styles in Georgetown, GM is going to take a shot at writing a field guide to Georgetown homes.
First up: Colonial and Federal Homes