Greek Revival buildings in universities

Greek Revival, architectural style, based on 5th-century-bc Greek temples, which spread throughout Europe and the United States during the first half of the 19th century.

The main reasons for the style’s popularity seem to have been the general intellectual preoccupation with ancient Greek culture at the time, as well as a new awareness of the actual nature of Greek art brought about through widely circulated illustrations of notable ancient temples and the Elgin Marbles. The growing recognition of the Parthenon in Athens as a major monument helped secure the dominance of this Grecian form.
Greek Revival, Encyclopedia Britannica

Playmakers Theater, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Built in 1850.

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The Russell HouseWesleyan University, Connecticut. Neoclassical facade with Corinthian columns. Built in 1828. Home to the Philosophy Department.

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Whig and Clio, Princeton University.
Built in 1890s, as recreations of originals from 1830s. Hosts the Whig–Cliosophic Society.

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Manning Hall, built 1834-35, Brown University, Rhode Island.
Houses the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

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Bailey Hall is the largest auditorium at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Constructed in 1912, according to the Greek Revival architecture design.

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President’s House, University of Georgia. Built in 1856.
Also known as Grant-Hill-White-Bradshaw House, Athens, Georgia.

Grant-Hill-White-Bradshaw House in 1934.

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Gannett House, Harvard University.
Built in 1838. Home to the Harvard Law Review since the 1920s.

Gannett House in 1931. Credit: HLS Historical & Special Collections

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2 Responses to Greek Revival buildings in universities

  1. howardat58 says:

    Railways too, a good source of neoclassical stuff. here’s a link to a google search for the railway station in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, the town I lived and worked in for over 30 years. the whole town is full of neoclassicals.


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