In small towns and rural areas of the South, Greek Revival cottages were once a familiar house type. The best examples combined the formality and polish of classic styling with the charm of cottage proportions to produce timeless appeal. Because most were constructed outside of the South's large cities, they were often designed and built by the owners or carpenters. And although often similar in size and form, they became charmingly individual with the owner's selection of architectural details.
Designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, this classic cottage would be comfortably at home in almost any setting. Simplicity and symmetry help to create classic good looks. A low hipped roof projects from the main body of the house to form a simple portico. Six slender columns support the roof. Crisp carpenter lace in the form of brackets at the porch columns adds turn-of-the-century appeal. Latticework panels set between brick piers dress the foundation. The front gallery is carefully detailed. Flush siding on the gallery wall accentuates classic architectural trim. Shuttered, floor-length windows lie within fluted casings. Fluted moldings also surround the paneled front door and flanking sidelights, and a transom tops the doorway.