Welcome to Greek Ann Arbor! This website documents research on connections to Greece in Ann Arbor. The project focuses on architecture, artwork, as well other points of interest such as names or symbols that are Greek influenced or of Greek origin. All materials related to Greece, from any period of Greek history, are considered as valuable data.
This website is a project of the Modern Greek Program of the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan, which is responsible for its creation, maintenance, and support. All photos, unless otherwise indicated, are by Constantinos Demetral.
It was conceived by Vassilis Lambropoulos, and researched and designed by Constantinos Demetral, who are both currently overseeing it. This site is intended to be a companion site to the Greek U-M Campus (http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/greekcampus/), which documents influences from the Greek world on campus.
Any questions, comments and or concerns can be directed to Constantinos Demetral (email@example.com).
Englishmen Stuart and Revett’s famous publication “Antiquities of Athens” in 1762 was the guidebook that defined the beginning of Greek Revival architecture when it brought precise illustrations and measurements of architectural forms to England from Greece. This book of architectural patterns, which had international influence, paved the way for the national movement of the Greek Revival in America in the early 19th century. It not only embodied the simple, striking, and timeless style of classical Greek temples but also represented the democratic values that the new American nation had turned to after British rule as well as spiritually supported Greece’s fight for independence against the Ottomans (some Americans did in fact actually support Greece). The temple-inspired buildings were constructed across the U.S. but primarily it was in the East, such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York, and often served commercial purposes such as banks, courthouses, college halls and many government buildings. Residentially, the style was primarily used by the wealthy and prominent. The style was distinguished by buildings with a undecorated front-facing pedimented gable (sometimes purposefully incomplete) over a portico with columns of one of the major orders and featured heavy cornices with simple, yet bold entablatures and molding. Entryways were off center either to the left or right with narrow sidelights and transom. Additionally, buildings had symmetrically arranged six-over-six windows, chimneys that weren’t visible from the front, and white-painted exteriors. The Greek Revival period, although not completely confined to its chronological period, spanned from around 1820 to 1870 in the U.S. and its influences can still be found in Ann Arbor.