Sept. 10 2010 12:00 AM

Property: 1416 N. Genesee Drive, Lansing Owner: William and Julia Petry Assessed: $59,900

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer and indicates that cooler autumn days are just around the corner. There is no better way to enjoy the final days of summer than on a front porch like this elegantly refined one at 1416 N. Genesee Drive, between Jenison and Westmoreland avenues, on Lansing’s west side.

More portico than porch and covered by the extension of the main roof, the porch is the focal point of the home. Neither large nor dramatic, the paired-column porch extends the length of the faade of the house, evocative of the Neoclassical style.

William and Julia Petry purchased the home 39 years ago in late 1971. "Bill and I were very attracted to the houses elegantly simple design — we love every aspect of the house," Julia Petry said.

Popularized in the United States between 1895 and 1950, Neoclassical-style homes recall the elegance of the earlier Federal, Georgian and Greek Revival styles. Gracious architecture and simplicity at its most refined, this 1 1/2-story house’s appeal is undeniable and universal.

How to spot Neoclassical style houses:

Neoclassical style homes can range from large and dignified to small and refined. A typical Neoclassical-style house includes the following characteristics:

  • Usually 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 stories;

  • Prominent portico-style porch within the main extension of the roof and supported by classical wood or stone columns;

  • Symmetrical in shape; and

  • Simple side-gabled roof

As with all architectural styles, variations are common, particularly in the United States where innovative builders developed significant modifications and adaptations of the Neoclassical style.

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