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Gothic Revival Cottage Puzzle

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This charming Gothic Revival Cottage in Portland, Maine was moved to rescue it from demolition for an Urban Renewal project in the 1960s.

The Gothic Revival style became popular in the middle of the 19th century. Architectural plan books like A.J. Downing’s “The Architecture of Country Houses,” 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 and or carved eave trim) at the gable peaks, lancet (pointed arch) and diamond pane casement windows, and wood siding mimicking stone blocks are characteristic of 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.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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