Federal style

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Federal style. Style of architecture and decoration prevalent in the USA from the Declaration of Independence (1776) to c.1830. It drew on aspects of Palladianism, Georgian architecture, the work of Robert Adam, Freemasonic symbolism, and French styles (especially the Directoire and Empire styles), and, promoted by Jefferson, Neo-Classicism. American Directoire or Directory is a useful term to describe the styles from c.1805–30 that were influenced by French Directoire and Empire taste.

Bibliography

L. Craig (1978);
Franco (ed.) (1976);
Garrett (1992);
Lewis & Darley (1986)