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Ancestral roots

You have lots of reasons to be proud of your stately looking Georgian home. The name comes from the reigns of King George I, II and III of England and the style comes from the classical revival that took place in England in those years before the American Revolution.

From brick to wood

The Georgian houses built in England tend to be constructed of brick. Over here in the colonies, we were slightly short on bricks and built most of our Georgians out of wood. Classical Georgians also feature freestanding columns, usually two stories tall. The English style columns most frequently stand free and support a large, triangular pediment. In the American variation, the columns are more likely to be attached to the building. These pseudo columns are known as pilasters. The pediments on these buildings are usually much smaller than their English counterparts.


One of the first places to look in your search for needed repairs on you Georgian house is the pediment itself. Look for signs of deterioration on the three sides of the triangle. If you have a brick Georgian, the pediment or facing will most likely be made of stone. Loose material can present a deadly danger to anyone passing under the pediment.

If the pediment is made partially or entirely of wood, look for dry rot, especially at the corners of the triangle. While you are up there, clear out any bird's nests in the corners or decorative elements of the pediment. Deposits of birdlime will hasten the development of rot in the wood.
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