- 1835-1890 (McAlester)
- 1830-1850, 1920-1930 (Blumenson)
Reflecting a romantic interest in archeology and historic styles, these styles borrowing elements from “exotic” cultures. The Egyptian Revival is probably the best known from this group. Identifiable by massive columns that resemble a bundle of stalks tied together and bulging at the top, and smooth monolithic exterior finish. Other features include battered walls edged with roll or rope-like moldings, tall straight-headed windows with inclined jambs, and a deep cavetto or gorge-and roll cornice. Generally roofs are flat and a smooth wall finish provides a monumental effect reminiscent of pylons or gateways to Egyptian temples.
Grove Street Cemetery Entrance, New Haven, Connecticut(Blumenson, 29).
Ada Theater, Boise, Idaho (Blumenson, 29).
- cavetto cornice
- battered walls
- roll or rope-like molding
- bundled shaft
- lotus flower capital
- random-coursed ashlar finish
- pylon tower
- smooth ashlar finish
- cavetto cornice window head
- vulture and sun disk symbol
- Blumenson, John J.G. Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide for Styles and Terms, 1600-1945. Nashville: American Association for State and Local History, 1981.
- McAlester, Virginia. A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture. New York, NY: Knopf, 2015.
Also see Architecture / Style index.