Snowy Gothic Revival Cottage

A snowy Gothic Revival Cottage in Bath, Maine. The Gothic Revival style became popular in the middle of the 19th century. Architectural plan books like Alexander Jackson Downing’s “The Architecture of Country Houses,” published in 1850, helped to spread the style from coast to coast in America. Sometimes called Carpenter Gothic, this style allowed for great creativity by the builder and the detail on these houses is endlessly varied. Elaborate verge boards (scroll-cut eave trim) and crockets at the gable peaks are characteristic of the style.

The mid-19th century was a period of romanticism in literature, art, and architecture. Sir Walter Scott’s romantic “Waverly” novels, the first historical novels in English, made he author a celebrity and his famous Gothic Revival home “Abbotsford” helped to popularize the architectural style.

Gothic Revival is one of 25 styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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