Greek Revival Flat Roofs

I found this renovation of a 1840’s Greek Revival in Salt Point, New York interesting – They added a series of flat roofed additions to the north side of the house – copying flat roofed additions in the area.

“We looked at examples of the Greek Revival style throughout the area to get ideas on how to approach the design of the new additions. Flat roofs were common on Greek Revival structures, often appearing in the front of the building,” notes Murray. via

Portico Light Options

So Work is under way on our portico – The Portico faces northwest and enters into our Farmhouse’s back ell. The Back ell (Part of most ‘progressive farmhouse’  plans of the time – is a fairly long one story structure that originally housed the kitchen, summer kitchen, workshop and a shed.)  When we purchased the house it was one single apartment unit  –  but once we finish it will house our kitchen, dining, and living areas.

The Repairs on the portico are being done by this talented guy (we still have to add in the stairs and paint). You can see in this photo how the ell joins to the the front 1 1/2 story structure to the left – we plan on removing the small ‘over the sink’ window to the right – and replacing an original window that was originally between the two.  This is also the side of the house where we will eventually have our ‘parking area’ – so the portico entrance – as wonky as it is – will be the ‘front entrance’.

Photos By Ulla Kjarval

(ignore the 70’s mattress in the back photo – the interior of the ell  is still pretty rough so we are using it as storage until we start that project)

I have been intrigued by Moravian stars for our a Portico Light.

Moravian star images via Pinterst

Which made me interested in this vintage lantern from our local NYSALVAGE

However – My favorite flush mount pendant  so far – has been this art deco – one  from High Street Market Home, it has a strong graphic presence – while still being simple and understated enough for a farm house.  Greek revival style of course existed before the advent of electricity – so while Art Deco was  a style that only  came into existence over 80 years after the  house was originally constructed  – It is probably not so far off to think that the first fixtures (think of when electricity would have been installed in a rural farmhouse)  in this house – would be art deco or something similar.