Roseland Cottage

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Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, CT.

I am headed out on a road trip to photograph historic houses for this page and to pick up a load of books at the W.W. Norton warehouse in PA. One of my first stops will be Roseland Cottage, now a Historic New England museum house open for tours. It is well worth a visit!

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, 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.

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.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this site, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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