One of my first stops on my road trip in May was the fabulous Gothic Revival style Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, CT. It is one of 38 museum houses owned and operated by Historic New England. It is well worth a visit! Museum houses can be a valuable source of inspiration and ideas for restoring your historic house.
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.
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 our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Want to learn more about historic architectural styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia Savage is the classic book on identifying the styles of historic houses and is also available in our shop.
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