Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay.

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter I) on Rap Genius


Yellow class drops knowledge on the interweb:

The “Georgian Colonial” mansion of the Buchanans is a more natural fit in America, in terms of architectural styles, than Gatsby’s out-of-place, European “hotel-de-ville” design, which Nick describes as follow:

The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard — it was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby’s mansion.

Moreover, this Georgian Colonial architecture is not a “new” style, it’s older, a classic, original to the first settlers of the colonies. It’s also more modest than the ornate design of Gatsby’s mansion.

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