May 10, 2013 How Do I Revive Thee? Let Me Count the Ways
HBI is pleased to present the next installment in actor, and Greek Revival enthusiast, Bronson Pinchot’s blog series. It is clear from this and his last post that Pinchot is a passionate lover of Greek Revival architecture, and an outspoken advocate for its restoration. His work is not restricted to advocacy, however. He is currently the host of the DIY Network show, The Bronson Pinchot Project, and he is preparing to launch another show, Bronson Pinchot Saves America. In this newest show, Pinchot will be called in to document and repurpose buildings that are too far gone to be restored. Stay tuned for an air date sometime this summer. Until then, enjoy his next installment on the HBI blog.
Really we should count our Georges. George I is very early 18th century, George II is second quarter of the 18th century, George III is the George we usually mean when we say ?Georgian.? His son, George, who ruled during his madness, was not king but regent, and so the lovely stuff going into the early 19th century is Regency. Only in the 1820?s when it gets a bit chunky does anyone call it George IV. For five minutes his brother William ruled, and though there is scarcely any discernible difference between something from 1830 and 1835, we get William IV. Victoria ascended the throne in 1837. I always have to smile when people distinguish between Greek Revival, which they feel (correctly) is sober and majestic, Victorian, which they feel (usually correctly) is dripping with gingerbread, because some of our very finest Greek Revivals are, judging from the calendar, actually ‘Victorian.’ By which I mean, they were built in the latter 1830?s and early 1840?s when Victoria was newly but firmly on the throne.