The term Carpenter Gothic refers to craftsmen who experimented with elaborate forms with jig saw details. The invention of the steam powered scroll saw allowed them the ability to create these intricate cutouts and decorative features.
Some identifying features of Wooden Gothic Revival:
Steeply pitched roof
Steep cross gablesWindows with pointed arches
Vertical board and batten siding
Inspired by the great villas of Italy, America created its own fanciful and whimsical interpretation. Due to its beautiful and graceful lines it became the most popular style of Victorian home in America.
Some identifying features of Italianate:
Low-pitched or flat roof with overhanging eaves
Balanced, symmetrical rectangular shape
Tall appearance, with 2, 3, or 4 stories
Wide, overhanging eaves with brackets and cornices
Porch topped with balustrade balconies
Tall, narrow, double-paned windows with hood moldings
Side bay window
Heavily molded double doors
Roman or segmented arches above windows and doors
Shapes are varied but usually have a prominent forward facing gable. Cross gabled versions are frequently seen.
Roof pitch may be quite steep with many irregular planes.
Towers and turrets are common.
Double-hung windows are relatively long and narrow. Ornate stained glass windows are not uncommon.
Highly ornamented with spindle work, finials, roof cresting, corner brackets on porches and cutouts.
Siding may range from half timbering and stucco to patterned shingle and clapboards. Combinations are often fanciful.
Parapets and brickwork are often variably colored and patterned and highly decorative.
Covered porches often wrap from the front and around a side and are decorated with spindle work and friezes.
Chimneys may be patterned masonry and are sometimes seen with chimney pots.
Source Antique Home
Dormer windows, sometimes a square (not round) tower
Molded cornice, similar to Italianate detail on windows, doors
Source Architectural Styles of America
It was a great afternoon to snap a few photos and I met a few of the friendly home owners on my walking tour.
I am joining Julia at Hooked on Houses for her weekly Friday event. I am definitely Hooked on these Victorian Homes and admire their beauty.
I appreciate lovely historical towns like this and also want to share it with Melissa at The Inspired Room's for A Beautiful Life.
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