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Gothic Revival

The Gothic Revival Style emerged in America around 1840 and flourished across the land until the 1890s. The revival movement actually had begun in England in the middle of the 18th Century, harkening back to the Gothic origins in Paris, around 1140. In the United States Its architectural near-cousins included the Greek Revival and Italianate styles. As the Greek Revival lost favor, builders retained the pedimental front gable, but they added ornate gothic features from the Continent that included battlements and pinnacles, chimneys arranged in groups, and clover shaped windows with leaded glass. Windows may also be sharply pointed and heavily adorned with decorative accents.

Some homes began to resemble European churches and cathedrals, though small in scale. While its influence on home design faded at the turn of the 20th Century, the Gothic Revival Style continued to play itself out in office buildings, churches, and colleges in North America through the 1940s.