STYLE: Greek Revival
This imposing building is the administration office for the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. Started in 1838 and completed in 1846, this impressive building designed by Baltimore architect Robert Cary Long Jr. is a perfect example of a Greek Revival building: a temple-like structure echoing Greece and the birthplace of democracy.
Greek Revival building started around 1825 and continued up to the Civil War. This style was popular for churches, houses, commercial buildings, and especially public/municipal buildings.
Greek Revivals were designed with columns and pilasters, and most often topped with Doric-style capitals holding up a gable front. Most of the federal buildings in DC are in the Greek Revival Style.