Gothic Style (1840-1880)

Defining Elements of the Gothic Style:

  • One or two stories in height.
  • Steeply pitched roof with cross gables or gable dormers.
  • Usually a symmetrical façade three or five bays wide.
  • Pointed arch windows and doors are common.
  • Singular or paired multi-paned sash windows, some with leaded glass.
  • Decorative verge boards, also called 'gingerbread' trim, in the gable end.
  • Wood frame construction is most common, although there are masonry examples.
  • Wood siding may be flush to simulate a stone surface. Board and batten siding is common.
  • Bay window and porches are common.
  • Machine cut trim.
  • Thin elaborately detailed brick chimneys.
  • Siding may be flush to simulate a stone surface.

Examples of Gothic Style Architecture in Greater Portland: