Why Greek Architecture is Popular in the United States
In the 1780's, Thomas Jefferson became interested in architecture. Jefferson was especially interested in Roman and Greek architecture because of its ties to Greek democracy. In 1785 Jefferson's Virginia State Capitol began to be built and became the first building of the neoclassical movement in the U.S. or Europe. The neoclassical movement occurred in the 17-19th century and it brought back Roman and Greek style.
The Greek Revival became widely known and accepted in The United States as a symbol for the new democracy. Greek names even became popular for places and streets names throughout the northeast of America.
The Greek Revival was also part of a change that was occurring in America. America was industrializing a little bit, settling, and prospering. Houses slowly started changing from log cabins to Greek Revival Houses. As the Civil War was approaching styles and ideas of