Seth Seelye House

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Seth Seelye House
Seth Seelye House is located in Connecticut
Seth Seelye House
Location 189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°22′16″N 73°24′51″W / 41.37111°N 73.41417°W / 41.37111; -73.41417Coordinates: 41°22′16″N 73°24′51″W / 41.37111°N 73.41417°W / 41.37111; -73.41417
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1842
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 77001386[1]
Added to NRHP August 29, 1977

The Seth Seelye House in Bethel, Connecticut, also known as the Bethel Public Library, was built in 1842. It is an example of Greek Revival architecture, which is arguably the first American style to have emerged, other than native American styles. The style is deliberately different from previous styles brought from England and other countries. The style reflects American ideas of what Americans might have thought was architecture of ancient Greece, and was popular for a period in the first half of the 19th century, when America was quite taken by news of democratic revolutionary activity in modern Greece.

The house is gable-fronted, with four relatively slender Doric style columns in a portico supporting the gable-front pediment above.[2]


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