Architectural Styles: Gothic Revival

Rochester Free Academy, Rochester, built 1874.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Rochester, built 1824.

St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Rochester, NY.

From left:  Rochester Free Academy, Rochester built 1874; St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Rochester, built 1824; St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Rochester, dedicated 1890

 

The Gothic Revival style was popular from about 1820 to about 1880. It co-existed along with the Greek Revival Period.

The architects of Gothic Revival structures looked to the Gothic buildings of medieval Europe for their inspiration. The style had been popularized in England in the 1700's by Sir Horace Walpole, who renovated his country estate using ideas from medieval castles and churches. In America, this romantic style was used for both public buildings and houses.   Church buildings were designed in this style well into the 20th century.

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rochester, built 1897.

Bissell House, Rochester, built 1845.

Warner Castle, Rochester, built 1854.

From left: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rochester, built 1897; Bissell House, Rochester, built 1845; Warner Castle,Rochester, built 1854

 

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