Revivalism (architecture)

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Typical historicist house: Gründerzeit building by Arwed Roßbach in Leipzig, Germany (built in 1892)
See also: Revival architectural styles.

Revivalism in architecture is the use of visual styles that consciously echo the style of a previous architectural era.

Modern-day revival styles can be summarized within New Classical Architecture, and sometimes under the umbrella term traditional architecture.

List of architectural revivals[edit]

Mixed movements[edit]

  • Gründerzeit – German historicist architecture of the 2nd half of the 19th century, distinctive style mélange; later variations included, e.g., "Heimatstil"
  • Historicism or Historism – mixed revivals that can include several older styles, combined with new elements
  • New Classical Architecture – an umbrella term for modern-day architecture following pre-modernist principles
  • Traditionalist School – revival of different regional traditional styles
  • Vernacular architecture – umbrella term for regional architecture traditions continuing through the eras, also used and cited in revival architecture

Western civilizations Revivalist architecture[edit]

Preclassical Revival
Classical Revival
Postclassical Revival
Medieval Revival
Schwerin Palace, historical ducal seat of Mecklenburg, Germany – an example of pompous renaissance revival for representation purposes (built in 1857)
Renaissance Revival
Opera, Paris (Palais Garnier) by Charles Garnier, 1861-1875
Wenckheim-Palais, Budapest (1886–1889) – an example of Neo-Baroque by Arthur Meinig
Baroque Revival
Modern era Revivals

Non-Western civilizations Revivalist architecture[edit]

The following are largely Orientalist styles.



  • Scott Trafton (2004), Egypt Land: Race and Nineteenth-Century American Egyptomania, Duke University Press, ISBN 0-8223-3362-7. p. 142.

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