Vermont Architecture

Federal

After the war for Independence, builders in the new Republic of the United States derived inspiration from the archeological discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Ancient classical Greek and Roman architecture became fashionable in Federal period 1780-1830 America, as did its other symbols such as the imperial eagle, and style of garments like Empire dresses and toga draped statues. This architectural style is referred to as neoclassical, and includes Federal and Greek Revival styles. A Federal house is considered a more stylized Georgian house. The Twilight House, the Old Stone House Museum’s main office building, presently appears as a symmetrical two-story farm house. The doorway shows neoclassical influence with sidelights, columns and fan typical of 1830s.

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