The home was designed over the course of many years by John & Ann. Federal Hill is rendered in the High-Federal style, a popular style of architecture that flourished among the nation during the time period. The Federal style was favored amongst the United States’ founding generation, who consciously chose to symbolically associate the nation’s architecture with the architecture of the democracies of ancient Greece and Rome. American Federal architecture possesses small and intricate details and relies upon flatter, smoother building exteriors. It was most influenced by the interpretation of ancient Roman architecture, fashionable after the archaeological unearthing of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The bald eagle was a common symbol used in this style, as was the oval shape of architectural features.