Viewing post #79611 by huckleberry
In response to your question, the type of two-story house you describe (and that is shown in the photo) is considered to be of the Gothic revival style, specifically of the carpenter Gothic sub-genre (because it's made of wood and not brick or stone). This Gothic Revival style and others became popular in North America during the second half of the 19th century, especially after the publication of Andrew Jackson Downing's "Victorian Cottage Residences" and "The Architecture of Country Houses." Even folks in rural places modified their homes with steep front-facing gables (the hallmark of the style) to be more in vogue.
Although the adjoining structure in the photograph looks to me like a back porch, it is possible that the rear-addition associated with your Familiar House was once a kitchen... as was popular in the south.
Do you have a picture of the house that you could share?
The cottage shown above belonged to Antonio Meucci and his Italian revolutionary buddy Giuseppe Garibaldi. I believe it's currently located on Staten Island in NY. More about them and their cottage can be found here: http://www.chezbasilio.it/havana4.htm