Classical Revivals, 1890-1920

76 N. Huron, 1909

229 W. Michigan, 1915

The Classical Revivals were eclectic mixtures of elements taken from Greek and Roman orders, symmetrically arranged, derived from design principles advocated by the Ecole des Beaux—Arts in Paris. Characterized by heavy, dressed stone bases, grand stairways, sculpted classical stone details in Greek or Roman orders. Distinct variants: Beaux— Arts, Second Renaissance Revival, & Neo—Classical.

FORM: block or cube; 1—3 stories; richly articulated classical columns or flat pilasters.

ROOF: flat with capped parapet or hip with balustrade; embellished with statuary on elaborate buildings; pediments often over main entrances.

WINDOWS: vertical, overscaled, fixed or casement, sometimes arched.

DOORS: large, overscaled like windows, usually double.

TRIM: ribbon and/or projecting belt courses and cornices with underslung, massive dentils or modillions.