Architectural Examination Of Delaware\'s Historic Recitation Hall
Recitation Hall was designed the way it was for two possible reasons: to resemble the Old College or because of the growing trend of Greek Revival architecture, later known as National Style, that began in Philadelphia where Furness was from, explaining his choice of design. The Greek revival movement came about because intellectuals wanted to compare themselves to those from Greece during its height. Like Old College, Recitation Hall has a portico that is a porch or walkway with a roof supported by columns that leads to the entrance. The difference between the two porticos is that Recitation Hall's steps are narrower and smaller. Both buildings have four Doric columns, but the columns reflect the shape of the step because Recitation's are closer together, and longer because it is a much higher building. These four columns support a plain, triangular pedimented gable that lies on top of a basic frieze.
Another attribute that signifies it was from the Greek revival period was the symmetrical design on the entire building referencing how Greek Temples were symmetrical. Another similarity are the white, narrow windows