Carpenter Gothic

The Hamill House, Georgetown, is an example of the Carpenter Gothic style.

The Hamill House, Georgetown, is an example of the Carpenter Gothic style.

The Carpenter Gothic applies the Gothic Revival style to wood-framed and sided buildings.  The picturesque and decorative style is evident on both churches and houses.  These structures generally feature board and batten siding, decorative bargeboards, pointed-arched windows, and a steeply pitched roof.

Following the advice of contemporary landscape architect and author of Andrew J. Downing, the picturesque Gothic Cottage displays board and batten or clapboard siding, pointed-arched windows, a steeply pitched roof, and some "gingerbread" decoration.  Its chief characteristics are a steep central gable and a one-story veranda.

The South Park Community Church, Fairplay

The South Park Community Church, Fairplay

Common elements:

  1. board and batten or clapboard siding
  2. gingerbread trim
  3. pointed-arched windows
  4. wheel window
  5. one-story veranda
  6. steep central gable