Nashville Greek Revival Home Style

Dated: 02/25/2013

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by T.J. Anderson

Nashville was dubbed the Athens of the south as early as the mid-1850s; that's because we have colleges enough to make us comprable to the ancient city of learning. In 1897 came the Parthenon replica in Centennial Park, but even long before that our city was populated with famous examples of Greek Revival style architecture; see the Belle Meade Plantation (1853) and Andrew Jackson's The Hermitage (1835). Read on for what distinguishes this brand of house.


House style: GREEK REVIVAL

Defining characteristics: There's nothing modest about Greek Revival style architecture. Think Gone with the Wind and the Antebellum plantations--symmetrical and formal, anchored by big fat columns and front porches brimming with ladies in ball gowns. Architects used the ancient Greek temple model to create these opulent homes with their tall columns and pediments, painted plaster exteriors, horizontal transoms, bold moldings and other embellishments.The majority of these houses went up from 1825 to 1860, when North America was eyeing Grecian architecture and taking notes furiously, but the Greek legacy lives on in some modern styles; see the Nashville house pictured above, built by Music City architect Eric Stengel and featured on

Where to find them in Nashville: Brentwood and Franklin, Belle Meade

Here is a local example in Brentwood, TN.

Interested in seeing one of these homes or other Greek Revivals for sale in Nashville? Reach me at 615-866.4670.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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