Monthly Archives: July 2011

Second Empire: Rococo Revival

Developing in France, Second Empire is an international architectural style characterized by a mansard roof, pavilions, and bold details. Although evident in earlier buildings, these elements come together in the New Louvre in Paris built during the reign of Napoleon … Continue reading

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Italianate, Renaissance Revival

Italianate and Renaissance Revival of the 19th century looks back to the Renaissance, the rebirth ¬†of interest in classical antiquity that appears first in Italian literature, and then in culture and art in the 14th century. In the 19th century¬†the … Continue reading

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Gothic Revival

Gothic Revival consciously revives Gothic and other aspects of the Middle Ages. Beginning in England about the middle of the 18th century, it challenges the supremacy of Neoclassicism within 50 years. In its earliest manifestations, Gothic Revival applies eclectic architectural … Continue reading

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American Greek Revival, American Empire

As an expression od democracy and national culture, America wholeheartedly embraces Greek Revival for numerous structures ranging from banks to courthouses, cottages to mansions. Architectural details derived from Greece, Rome, and Egypt and simple wall treatment signal Grecian interiors. Greek … Continue reading

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English Regency, British Greek Revival

England’s Regency is a creative and productive period for both architecture and the deorative arts. Designers borrow and synthesize forms and influenes from classical, medieval, and exotic sources. Noeclassicaism continues to dominate the arts and architecture, but the Romantic and … Continue reading

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German Greek Revival, Biedermier

Early- 19th century architceture in Germany and Austria continues the Neoclassical development first in the Greek Revial style. The term Biedermier applies mainly to middle class interiors and furniture in Austria and Germany during the period of 1815 to 1848. … Continue reading

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Industrial Revolution

The industrial Revolution begins in England in the second half of the 18th century and spreads throughout Europe, North America, and British territories world wide. Continuing through the 19th century with rapid growth and significant urban expansion, societies are transformed … Continue reading

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