Gothic Revival Home Plans

It is called ‘Gothic Revival’ because it echoes Gothic architecture. This style of home was used during the mid to late 1800’s. Most examples of surviving houses are in the northeast part of the country. The most recognized feature of Gothic Revival home plans are the paired or sometimes multiple open gables with decorated verge boards. Another noticeable design feature, especially for residential buildings, is a steep-pitched roof that ends in a high, narrow point. Tall windows with pointed arched tops are also common and mimics the roof’s thrust. The most commonly identifiable feature of the Gothic Revival style is the pointed arch, used for windows, doors, and decorative elements like porches, dormers, or roof gables.

The Gothic Style

Gothic was a architectural style that was initially used for churches. However, Gothic Revival was a move to a more decorative, extravagant style with not much connection to the original purpose.

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