New York: Watson-Guptill Pubns, 1978. Stated First Printing. Cloth over Boards. Octavo, pp. 160, indexed, illustrated with over 150 b/w illustrations, selected bibliography. Very Good in Very Good DJ. Item #21240
Carpenter Gothic is a uniquely American architectural amalgam of the 19th century. Functionally simple neo-Gothic houses were punctuated with boisterous wooden ornamentation. The authors survey this phenomenon in New England, where many of the finest examples can still be seen, and document its place in American architectural and social history. The text traces the origin of Carpenter Gothic to its roots in the "picturesque" revolt against the rigid, symmetrical demands of classic forms, and explore the social implication of Andrew Jackson Downing's "rural Gothic" designs and the emergence of Carpenter Gothic. An invaluable photographic record.