Neoclassical Revival

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Another "macro" category, Neoclassicism spanned the years 1900 through 1920 and was an attempt to emulate Greek and Roman architecture. Neoclassical Revival buildings are generally larger than those of the Greek Revival period and less ornate that Beaux Arts Classicism, another architectural style concurrent with Neoclassical. The buildings have a monumental appearance, usually in "temple" form. Other features typically include a giant pedimented portico, smooth stone finish, columns, and elaborate cornice. One building in York that fits this description is the York Post Office on South George Street. Other buildings, perhaps more of a hybrid architectural style, prominently featuring Neoclassical elements include the York Trust Company Building, York County Courthouse, and York Water Company, all three located on East Market Street. St. Matthews Church along West Market is Neoclassical Revival, as is the Meadowbrook Mansion in East York. The Neoclassical style is considered a subtype of the Beaux Arts period, along with Renaissance Revival and Beaux Arts Classicism.

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