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Towered Gothic Revival house with a carriage 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, helped to spread the style in America.
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 Scott a celebrity and his famous Gothic Revival home “Abbotsford” helped to popularize the style.
The 1874 William A. Robinson House in Auburn, Maine was designed by Welch architects Herbert and Balston Kenway several years after the brothers immigrated from the UK. The house successfully translates elements of English Gothic Revival into wood, the common local material.
Understanding the style, or styles, 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.”
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