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Georgian-Federal Home Style

Georgian/Federal


The closely related Georgian and Federal styles have lent a great deal to the history of American housing. Georgian style, named for King George III, became popular in New England in the late 1700s. It was at the beginning of a period of increasing wealth for the colonists and their homes became bigger and more comfortable. By the late 1700s, the Georgian style became more refined and evolved into the Federal style. Our home is inspired by the early Federal period with a decorative entranceway and elliptical transoms.


Georgian Federal essential style elements

Essential Style Elements

• Two-story symmetrical façade with five openings across both stories
• Paneled front door in the center with elliptical transom window, engaged columns and entablature
• Medium-pitched gambrel or hipped roof, occasionally crowned with a balustrade
• Classical cornices commonly adorned with medallions, dentils or other mouldings and carvings

• At least two chimneys (four in the deeper homes), placed on either side of the central hall or at the ends of the home

Georgian Federal windows

Quintessential Windows

Double-hung windows are most appropriate for the primary locations in Georgian/Federal style homes. In early Georgian architecture, double-hung windows featured 12-over-12 grille patterns, with 9-over-9 and 6-over-6 patterns becoming common in homes built later in the style period. Dormer windows often use a 6-over-6 grille pattern. Additionally, while dormer windows in historical Georgian/Federal homes are double-hung windows, today casement windows are often used to meet egress requirements* in upper bedrooms.

Georgian Federal doors

Quintessential Doors

Georgian/Federal style homes typically have one main entry door, although there can be numerous auxiliary doors leading to patios, decks, the backyard or a side yard. Both main entry and auxiliary doors are rectangular. Main entry doors range from plain to fancy and often correlate with the elaborateness level of the home. They are linear, usually featuring a six-panel pattern. Both single and double inswing units are correct for the style, and both types are commonly topped with arched transom windows. Georgian/Federal homes distinguish the main entry by painting the door a dark color that contrasts with the traditionally white door trim. More recent examples, as shown here, use a broader color range for both doors and door trim. Side doors share panel designs similar to main entry doors, although the side doors are slightly narrower. Occasionally a side door may include a large area of glass.

Colors and Finishes

During the Georgian era, white windows and white trim were most common. More recently, the color scheme has become more varied. Window sash and adjacent trim traditionally match, although contrasting colors are also acceptable.

Georgian Federal Exterior Colors
Georgian Federal Interior Colors

Georgian Federal Color Combinations

Color Combinations

This chart shows the various color combinations that make up the Georgian-Federal home style

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More On This Home Style

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

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Georgian-Federal Home Style Pattern Book

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