Remembering the Greek War for Independence and Our Greek Revival Legacy It Inspired

From left: Washington Square North, the Hopper Gibbons House, and Colonnade Row.

On March 25, 1821, the Greek War for Independence began, leading to the establishment of the modern nation of Greece after centuries of subjugation and outside rule.

This event, among other factors, inspired the advent of the “Greek Revival” architectural style, which came to in many ways define Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, which were growing rapidly in the style’s heyday of the 1830s and ’40s. Iconic neighborhood landmarks, from “The Row” on Washington Square North, to “La Grange Terrace” or Colonnade Row on Lafayette Street, to the East Village’s Community Synagogue and Hopper Gibbons House, exemplify the style.

Two years ago, to celebrate the Bicentennial of this important moment in history, we launched our Guide to the Greek Revival Style StoryMap, exploring the beloved landmarks and hidden gems and details of the style found throughout our neighborhoods and elsewhere in NYC, including those now gone. It’s a great way to explore some of our city’s most charming historic landmarks from home, or in real life. 

March 24, 2023