High Victorian Gothic

High Victorian Gothic style in Columbia, PA.

The High Victorian Gothic style is the masonry cousin of the wood-framed Stick Style. These houses often feature polychrome brick, stone, and/or tile on the exteriors with expressive wood trim elements at the gables and often on porches. This example is very restrained with its character defined largely by the upper portion of the house with its ornamented barge board eaves and tower. The two-stage roof of the tower create a dynamic skyline and add excitement to an otherwise somewhat simple design for the style.

Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Twenty-five historic architectural house styles and types are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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/.

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

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject. It is also available in our shop.

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