Carpenter Gothic

Carpenter Gothic in the Hudson River Valley. Wow what a project!  The house dates from before the civil war and is a bit of a puzzle. The exterior walls are brick underneath the board-and-batten siding and casement widows are topped with straight-edge triangles instead of the usual Gothic pointed arch.

What is Carpenter Gothic? It is not easy to define…it “mimics the stonework of European Gothic  churches”…it is a “picturesque revolt against the rigid demands of the classic form.” One author states that “to attempt a definition of Carpenter Gothic is to invite calamity!”   Another architecture critic notes that poet Emily Dickinson develops “an eclectic version of Carpenter Gothic.”

We’ll stick to architecture.  We are designing a new dining pavilion, a guest room, and renovating the existing kitchen.

  • Date June 20, 2015
  • Tags Architecture, Design

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