Carpenter Gothic

Movement in the Gothic Revival period in architecture characterized by the use of Gothic forms in domestic buildings primarily in the United States Northeast and Midwest during the mid-19th century and by the use of the scroll saw in construction. The style reveals an awkward attempt at imitation and implementation of original Gothic proportions and ornamentation such as turrets, spires, and pointed arches, with no sense of logical spatial relationship to the house.

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Carpenter Gothic
Carpenteresque
Carpenter's Gothic
Carpenters' Gothic
Gothic, Carpenter
Gothic, Carpenter's
Gothic, Carpenters'
Gótico Carpintero Spanish

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Refers to the movement in the Gothic Revival period in architecture characterized by the use of Gothic forms in domestic buildings primarily in the United States Northeast and Midwest during the mid-19th century and by the use of the scroll saw in construction. The style reveals an awkward attempt at imitation and implementation of original Gothic proportions and ornamentation such as turrets, spires, and pointed arches, with no sense of logical spatial relationship to the house.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300107913. The J. Paul Getty Trust.