1830-1880s

Gothic Revival

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By the 1830s this romantic style, which developed in England, became popular in the U.S. and was widespread by the 1840s and 1850s and continued to be built after the Civil War; hence, few examples of this style were built in Eau Claire. This cobblestone Gothic Revival is probably the best example in the city.
gothic modified.jpg (51428 bytes)These picturesque country cottages are distinguished by pointed arched windows which are combined with towers, steep gable roofs, lacy bargeboard, verandas, and bay and oriel windows. With the invention of scroll saws,  or jigsaws, wood trim was mass produced in elaborate forms -- resulting in the Carpenter Gothic.  The example shown here has been modified several times: 1) the top 19th-century story was removed, 2) the exterior was stuccoed, probably in the 1930s, and 3) new wooden clapboard was added in the 1980s -- only the chimney shows the original stucco.
high school 1925.jpg (52626 bytes)The Gothic style in the form of public buildings is called Collegiate Gothic and it was popular well into the 20th century for churches and for schools, such as Central High school (1925) and Schofield Hall (1912) at UWEC.

Most Gothic Revival houses have these features:
pointed arched windows combined with towers
steep, gable roofs
lacy bargeboard
large verandas
bay and oriel windows

Created by Jake Schlueter, June 10th,  1997; last revised on 5 June 2002.