Gothic Revival

Black and white photo of the Ivy Chapel (5DV.734)

Ivy Chapel (5DV.734), Denver.

Gothic Revival is best characterized by the pointed-arched window, steeply pitched roof, and picturesque composition.

The English/French examples are predominately ecclesiastical and are vernacular versions of late Medieval churches.  Characteristic elements include massive towers, either flat or topped by a spire, stepped and flying buttresses, deeply recessed openings, steeply pitched roofs, pointed arches, and masonry construction.

Black and white photo of St. John's Cathederal (5DV.171).

St. John's Cathedral (5DV.171), Denver

Common elements:

  1. massive towers
  2. flying buttress
  3. stepped buttress
  4. pointed arched window
  5. steeply pitched roof
  6. deeply recessed entrance

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