Gothic architecture comes with a distinct elegance and sometimes mystery. And the Revival era that lasted almost a century has added even more style to it.
Take a look below and let yourself be amazed by some of the most amazing gothic revival houses in the world.
Gorgeous Houses of the Gothic Revival Era
1. Morey Mansion, California
The Morey Mansion, built in 1890, was owned by David and Sarah Morey. After their death in 1901, the house had had multiple owners.
In 1985, Carl Ljungquist and Gary Conway opened the first B&B in Redlands in this home. When Janet Cosgrove bought it in 1998, her priority was to renovate the building. She then operated it as a B&B from 2006 to 2010. It was then closed and used as a personal residence.
2. Foxhill House, Reading (U.K.)
This grandiose structure was built in 1868 by the architect Alfred Water House. It was later sold to the 1st Marquess of Reading. Rufus Isaacs, and then went to Hugo Hirst. He lived there until his death in 1943. Until 1958, it Foxhill House served as a private home. After that, the University of Reading obtained full title, and it now houses their school of law.
3. Roseland Cottage, Woodstock
As of 1992, the Bowen Cottage is considered a National Historic Landmark. The house is more of a complex. For many years, it was home to significant 4th of July celebrations. It boasts a garden house, a boxwood parterre garden, and the oldest bowling alley in America among other amenities.
4. City Palace of Fulda, Fulda (Germany)
The palace dates back to the early 18th century, where it served as the residence of the abbots and bishops in Fulda. Today, the city administration uses the building, and it also hosts their collection of antiquities.
5. Stephen King’s Mansion, Maine
Stephen King’s work is deeply inspired by his hometown, and we can see why. His house fits the picture perfectly.
6. Drachenburg Castle, Konigswinter (Germany)
This amazing palace is a private villa built between 1882 and 1884 for Baron Stephan von Sarter. Unfortunately for him, he never lived there. Today, the building belongs to the State Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia.
With its fairy-tale-like mystery, this Victorian Gothic home looks as if it was sheltering a princess waiting for her prince.
8. Gothic Home, Torun (Poland)
The Gothic house on 22 Lazienna Street has passed the test of time. It is over 500 years old. Built in the 1400s, it has suffered multiple renovations ever since. The last one happened in the 19th century, during the Gothic Revival period.
9. The Stone House, Kutna Hora (Czech Republic)
It is one of the oldest buildings in town, and it was built in multiple stages over the centuries. Because it dates back to pre-Hussite times and the structure was well preserved. Today it can be visited as a museum.
10. Gothic House, Liverpool (U.K.)
The Gothic Revival Movement was warmly welcomed in the U.K., and this building in Albert Park stands as proof.
11. Gothic House II, Anhalt (Germany)
Another building that was designed as a private residence, the Gothic House in the Worlitz Park has served as a museum, refuge, and the study place of Prince Franz.
12. Carpenter Gothic House, Pittsburg
Born in North America, the Carpenter Gothic style is an incredible mix of vernacular and polite architecture. Vernacular in this case means local, as in architecture serving the needs of a local area. Polite architecture is a term for non-local styles used for visual effect.
13. Gothic House, Battery Point (Australia)
Although the brick used in building the house doesn’t give away the gothic influence, the pointed arches and wide windows sure do.
14. Brick Gothic Building, Lubeck (Germany)
Lubeck is well-known for its brick gothic style with at least 15 impressive buildings that have previously served as institutions. However, they also used the same style for personal homes, like the one in the photo.
15. Former Gothic Public House, Birmingham (U.K.)
Gothic Inn was the old pub of Birmingham, which operated since late 19th century until 2000s. Owned by at least 40 different owners, there are lots of strange stories around it.
16. Gothic House, Poznan (Poland)
Just like the abovementioned Lubeck, Gothic architecture massively influenced Poznan. Not all the homes are original architecture, there is a mixture of styles, but it’s still worth a visit the city to enjoy the history.
17. Pickering House, Salem
Considered the oldest house in the U.S. to be continuously occupied by one family, it was built in the mid-17th century and was home to the Pickerings until 1998 when Albert Goodhue bought it.
18. Gothic House, Prague (Czech Republic)
Prague is a perfect place to visit if you want to escape time and space, notably the Old Town City Center. Luckily, you can meet small pieces of history in any district you go.
19. Mansion in Saint John (Canada)
Canada loved the Gothic Revival era more than anybody else, so it became their favorite style until the early 20th century. Indeed, they did a fantastic job adding an extra touch of grace.
20. Pool House, Worcestershire (U.K.)
The Pool House is one of the most impressive buildings of Gothic influence due to the red sandstone it’s made of. Preserved as a particularly important building in England and Wales this building is circa 17th century,
Featured image: Stephen King’s gothic mansion in Maine. CC 2.5 Julia Ess via Wikimedia Commons.