Calvert Vaux Gothic Revival

Spotted on my road trip… A Calvert Vaux Gothic Revival cottage overlooking the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY.

Designed by noted architect Calvert Vaux, the house was built in 1854 for William Edward Warren. The design was #16 in Vaux’s house design book “Villas and Cottages.”

The Gothic Revival style became popular in the middle of the 19th century. Architectural plan books like Vaux’s spread the style from coast to coast in America.

Sometimes called Carpenter Gothic, this style allowed for great creativity by the builder. Ornamental verge boards at the eaves are a common feature 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 style.

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

Gothic Revival is one of 25 styles 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 only available in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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