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This whole article is nothing but jargon. It is basically just a list of influencing styles fluffed up into paragraphs by putting different verbs in front of them. There are no specifics. What traits (construction methods, materials, layout, trim details, etc.) would you expect to see in a Federal period building? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:51, 11 February 2014 (UTC)
"The founders of the United States consciously chose to associate the nation with the ancient democracies of Greece and the republican values of Rome. This was a deliberate and marked contrast with the Gothic style, which was used for many English public buildings and associated with feudalism. Federal style takes influence from the Georgian Neoclassical style, but differs in its use of plainer surfaces with attenuated detail; it was most influenced by the Adam style, an interpretation of Ancient Roman architecture fashionable after the unearthing of Pompeii and Herculaneum." BUT...this all implies that the US was trying to move away from specifically English influence by rejecting Gothic (actually I think you mean neo-Gothic - the Gothic style was in the medieval period) style and instead was influenced by ... Georgian Neoclassical - whichwas ENGLISH and Adam style ...which was ENGLISH!!!!! This whole section needs re-wording. It doesn't make sense. The ideals of Greece and Rome, sure - but through a massive English filter, borrowed ideas from England - no difference from the neo-Gothic borrowings of earlier. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 22:04, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
I detect an Englishman with an inferiority complex. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 01:54, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
This article doesn't actually describe what the Federal style of architecture is. Other articles about architecture will describe features of the building that distinguish it from other styles of design. But this article doesn't say anything really. LizRead!Talk! 22:32, 4 November 2013 (UTC)