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The Georgian Style



Georgian Colonial c. 1725 - c. 1775


From The Salem Handbook, Historic Salem Incorporated, 1977


Classical symmetry of floor plan and facade composition. Central hall flanked by 1 or 2 rooms was common. Central chimney replaced by end/side chimneys.


The main doorway often had a row of rectangular windows ( called "lights" ) in the door itself or the transom above. Columns or pilasters capped by a cornice or triangular pediment frequently framed the door. Door had 6 or 8 panels with smaller panels in middle.


Usually double-hung sash. Symmetrical placement. Pedimented dormers often used in attic. Upper story windows often flush against the frieze.


Usually gambrel; sometimes gabled. Hip roof became popular around 1770.


Executed in wood or brick.


On finer homes plain eaves were replaced with a molded cornice, often detailed with dentils and quoined corners.



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