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EGYPTIAN REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE

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Egyptian Revival architecture is one of the rarest styles in the United States.
EGYPTIAN REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE. The Egyptian Revival flourished during the period 1820-1850 and was used primarily for memorials, cemeteries, and prisons. Egyptian Revival made a comeback during the 1920s with the Art Deco style and the fascination with the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922. (1)

Characteristics of the style include window frames that narrow toward the top, columns that appear to be swollen like bundles of grain, use of the sun disk or vulture symbol, and a roof line that curves out over the walls.

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1. "A Digital Archive of American Architecture." Online: http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/egyptrev.html