The Old Homestead forum: Familiar Architecture

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Feb 26, 2010 10:29 AM CST
I am a new member to Preservation Station. I am fascinated by old home and buildings.

The home shown above is almost identical to an old home I am familiar with in Northeast Georgia. Is there a name for this style of two-story house with central gable and front porch? The house I have seen also has a short wing off the back, and I think I see some structure peeking out on this home, too.
Feb 26, 2010 11:27 AM CST
Name: Huckleberry
Washington, D.C.
Welcome, Woodwares! Hurray!

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:

Mar 6, 2013 10:00 AM CST
Name: Natineah
I also love old houses... They always look so beautiful. Lovey dubby

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