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American Architecture: The Elements of Federal Style

Federal home design style comes with another confusing name. In design, the word "federal" simply indicates the time period (1780–1820) when the style, known among architecture aficionados as the American phase of the Adam style, prevailed in the fledgling United States. The style borrowed heavily from contemporary European influences, particularly the English Adams brothers. The brothers had traveled to Italy and are credited with popularizing architectural details from original Roman and Greek buildings instead of their Renaissance interpretations.


Where to find it: All along the Eastern Seaboard, from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to Savannah, Georgia.

Why you'll love it: If you're an American history buff, you pride yourself on your patriotism and you're drawn to places like Boston, Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, this style has got your name all over it.