Greek revival architecture (or neoclassical) celebrates Western Civilization's origins by borrowing from the ancient Greeks. With many elements in use since 2,000 BC, this style bestows a stately sense of tradition to homes and public buildings. The White House, the Capitol Building and important buildings in nearly every country in the world – and locally too (as in the Portland Art Museum) - are all classic examples of Greek revival architecture. Typical of the style are abundant pediments, Greek-style columns, an entry door surrounded by a rectangular transom and lights, elements of symmetry, emphasized cornices with wide-banded trim and a low pitched roof. This marvelous Greek revival home was designed and built by John.