Dark Blue Gothic Revival

Dark Blue Gothic Revival Cottage, c. 1855.

The Gothic Revival style became popular in the middle of the 19th century. Architectural plan books like A. J. Downing’s “The Architecture of Country Houses” helped to spread the style from coast to coast in America. The style allowed for great creativity by the builder and the detail on these houses is endlessly varied.

This example in Wiscasset, Maine was built as the parsonage for the neighboring Gothic Revival church. The photo captures the one end of the main block (at left) and the rear ell (at right) which has less detail than the main block. The side entry porch is not historic and lacks compatible detailing.

This dark blue paint scheme is not historically accurate but does contribute to the house having a romantic Gothic air about it. It also helps the replacement entry porch to blend in, somewhat disguising how out of character it is with the rest of the house.

Gothic Revival is one of 25 styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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