The revival of classicism in architecture is one of the most enduring re-invention of an architectural style, spanning over two centuries, almost, the nineteenth, and the first half of the twentieth. It is then no wonder that it borrowed and crystallized influences from a wide variety of styles or subgenres typical to the mentioned period (e.g. Art Nouveau) or revivals in turn of canonic styles of the seventeenth century (e.g. Baroque).

A good case study of this phenomenon focuses on a series of houses that populate mostly the historic district of Fayetteville, a city located in the North-Western part of Arkansas, USA. These display Roman and Greek classical features like columns, entrance and windows shapes.

Yet, these neo-classical features are daringly highlighted by elements taken from Queen Anne revival (e.g. the richly ornated towers that, in turn, have a Romanesque appearance); Art Deco (e.g. design of the chimneys); Art Nouveau and its vernacular versions typical to Central and Eastern Europe (e.g. the roofs` ornaments).

Text: Raluca Goleșteanu; Photos: Rod Jacobs


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