Carpenter Gothic

Carpenter Gothic is a North American architectural style using Gothic Revival detailing on wood-framed and sided buildings. This style is characterized by pointed arched windows, board and batten siding, decorative bargeboards, verandas, and a steep roof peaks.

By 1840, carpenter Gothic had reached the Americas, but due to the lack of stone, this style was accomplished through the use of wood. Andrew J. Downing, a landscape architect, advised on using pointed-arched windows, board and batten or clapboard siding, a steeply pitched roof, and some gingerbread trim decoration giving the picturesque Gothic Cottage.


Board and Batten or Clapboard Siding

Gingerbread Trim

Painted-Arched Windows

Wheel Windows