Gothic Revival


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The Gothic Revival style in domestic architecture is characterized by a steeply pitched roof usually with steep cross gables. Nearly all Gothic Revival houses have a one-story porch, which may cover the entrance or extend the width of the façade. Porch supports form a flattened Gothic arch or have brackets that mimic such an arch.

Fanciful decorative ornamentation cut from wood is a dominant feature on most Gothic Revival houses. Lacy bargeboards, finials at the apex of gables, pointed-arch (lancet) windows, drip-mold window crowns (seen on the lancet window in the gable and the rectangular window at the left), bay windows, and oriel windows are all common features of the style.

Gothic Revival houses are both wood-frame and masonry. Wood-frame examples, known as Carpenter Gothic, often have vertical board-and-batten siding.

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