Pittsford, VT, ca. 1820 vernacular Greek Revival I-house. #presinpink

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5 thoughts on “Pittsford, VT, ca. 1820 vernacular Greek Revival I-house. #presinpink

  1. jane says:

    I don’t think so.
    The house is Georgian, not even Federal, despite its frieze and columns.

    Look at the window pattern: the placement of the windows -centered on the rooms on each side of the house – is Georgian, very similar to a c.1780 house I measured (and wrote about in my blog) in Tinmouth which is quite near Pittsford. The shape of the house itself is also Georgian: center entrance a room on each side The chimney is clearly later – it looks to be exterior and built of concrete block.
    The frieze board and columns could have been updates added by a later owner.

    Sometimes definite written dates are hard to come by. Here I would want to see the frame and interior details as well as the history of ownership.
    This house is so similar to the Cobb-Hepburn House in Tinmouth that I might suggest that the master carpenter built both.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    You bring up good points, Jane. I am referencing the State Register which says, “House, c.1820, Vernacular-Greek Revival style, I-house. Features: corner pilasters, Queen Anne porch, transom, sidelights, entry entablature.”

    Of course, these can sometimes be wrong. Too bad we cannot see the entrance here, as the enclosed porch blocks it. To me, looking at the returns and the wide entablature on the side show the Greek-Revival-ness of it.

    Here’s the google street view: https://goo.gl/maps/3DKQZ

    See also the Vermont Style Guide which says “Greek Revival … residences (often sidehalls, Georgian plans, and other buildings are detailed with pilasters, full entablatures, and pediments.” I can’t find the link for it, but it’s in the Architecture Guides for Addison & Rutland counties, as well as an independent publication.

    I’d be interested to hear what others think.

  3. jane says:

    an “I house’ is the name for vernacular 1 room deep houses with center entrances built in Illinois. Iowa, and Indiana when those states were first settled – any by whom? by people who came from New England and NY via the Erie Canal and brought along their traditional ideas of what a house was.

    This is in Vermont, where those people (some of whom were my ancestors) came from. The people who settled Vermont came from southern and eastern NE, sometimes NY and NJ. This is not an I house which is after this house, not concurrent.

    • jane says:

      should have proof read more carefully.
      This house style is what the I house builders copied, what they remembered.

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