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July 03 2013

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Gothic Revival House - Henry County, Indiana

This is a handsome Gothic Revival in Knightstown about 33 miles east of Indianapolis. Although not much of it can be seen, you can still note the steep roof and the gingerbread trim on the gables and eave. This photo was taken on a beautiful day, November 28, 2009.

via Gothic styled houses in Indiana

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Gorgeous Gothic Revival Victorian in California’s Napa Valley

June 21 2013

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Wilhelm Mansion and Carriage House is an historic mansion and carriage house located at Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The house was built in 1877, and is a three-story dwelling in the Gothic Revival style. A two room addition was built in 1888. It is constructed of granite and measures 40 feet wide and 50 feet deep. It features a multi-gabled roof, four corbelled chimneys, and art glass windows. The two-story granite carriage house was built in 1890.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

[Above via wikimapedia]

… The Gothic Revival style was also popular for churches, where high style elements such as castle-like towers, parapets, and tracery windows were common, as well as the pointed Gothic arched windows and entries. The Carpenter Gothic style is a distinctive variation of the Gothic Revival style featuring vertical board and batten wooden siding, pointed arches and incised wooden trim. The name comes from the extensive use of decorative wood elements on the exterior. While some examples remain, the pure Carpenter Gothic style is not well represented in Pennsylvania.

The most commonly identifiable feature of the Gothic Revival style is the pointed arch, used for windows, doors, and decorative elements like porches, dormers, or roof gables. Other characteristic details include steeply pitched roofs and front facing gables with delicate wooden trim called vergeboards or bargeboards. This distinctive incised wooden trim is often referred to as “gingerbread” and is the feature most associated with this style. Gothic Revival style buildings often have porches with decorative turned posts or slender columns, with flattened arches or side brackets connecting the posts. Gothic Revival style churches may have not just pointed arch windows and porticos, but often feature a Norman castle-like tower with a crenellated parapet or a high spire.

Many examples of Gothic Revival buildings of both high style and more vernacular character can be found across the state. The high style buildings, mansions, churches, prisons and schools sometimes offer ornate architectural details. The more common vernacular buildings may have only a few Gothic details, usually pointed arch windows and a front facing gable with wooden trim. Gothic Revival details may also be found in urban settings on rowhouses or duplexes. Later in the 19th century, Gothic Revival details were mixed with elements of other Victorian era styles to become a style known as the Victorian Gothic. In the early 20th century, a distinct variation of the Gothic Revival style, known as the Collegiate Gothic style, developed primarily for educational buildings….

via Penn State - Architecture - Mid-19th Century Period

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Henry Delamater House
Rhinebeck, New York
Architect: Alexander Jackson Davis

(by joseph a)

June 20 2013

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Brooks House
Salem, MA 1851
Gothic Revival
This house was built by one Timothy Brooks, but he died soon after its construction and it was his son Henry who lived there over 40 years, until his death in 1898. The house is still privately owned.

via Dave’s Victorian House Site - East Coast Victorians

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Woodstock, CT 1846
Gothic Revival
Roseland was built by Henry Bowen, a native of Woodstock who made his fortune in New York City as a newspaper publisher and silk merchant. Bowen named the house Roseland for the gardens that surrounded it. The house is unusually large for a Gothic Revival cottage, with a floorplan resembling that of a railroad train. The house is a museum today.

via Dave’s Victorian House Site - East Coast Victorians

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The Gothic Cottage
Cazenovia, NY 1847
Gothic Revival
This house was built by local merchant Jacob Ten Eyck. When it was put up for sale in 1965, there were fears that it would soon become a parking lot. A determined effort by local preservationists resulted in the cottage being purchased by the town and completely renovated. It is now used for town offices.

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Tarrytown, NY 1838-65
Gothic Revival
Lyndhurst is generally considered to be the most perfect example of a Gothic Revival mansion in America. Construction began in 1838, but the house was nearly doubled in size by additions made in the early 1860’s. The house is also famous (or infamous) for once being the home of the notorious Gilded-Era robber baron, Jay Gould. The house is a museum today.

via Dave’s Victorian House Site - East Coast Victorians

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The Abbey
Cape May, NJ 1870
Gothic Revival
One of the most heavily photographed houses in America, the Abbey was built by John McCreary, a Pennsylvania coal baron, as a summer home. The house is mostly Gothic Revival in character, but the huge Italianate-style tower with its massive Second-Empire-style roof makes it a unique Victorian classic. The house today is a bed and breakfast inn.

via Dave’s Victorian House Site - East Coast Victorians

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