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Gothic Revival Houses In Cambridge, Somerville and Medford

Cambridge Gothic Revival

Cambridge Gothic Revival


The Gothic Revival, was one of the early Victorian Romantic architectural styles.


Most Gothic Revival houses were built between 1840 and 1870.


The development of the jigsaw led to the popularity of elaborate gingerbread trim.


Somerville Gothic Revival House

Somerville Gothic Revival House

The Gothic Revival style was particulary popular in the Northeast.  There are a number of great examples in our area.  Three of my local favorites are pictured here:

  • The house in Cambridge is on Dana Street
  • The brick Somerville Gothic Revival is on Morrison Ave. in Davis Square and was built for Nathaniel Morrison for whom the street was named
  • The Angier House in Medford, built in 1842, is next to the library on High Street and is on the National Register of Historic Places


Gothic Revival Features

  • Steeply pitched roof
  • Typically has cross gables
  • Gables often have decorative pendant trim
  • Trefoil and quatrefoil ornamention is common
  • Windows often have a Gothic-style pointed arch.
  • If only one window has the Gothic arch it typically at the top of the most prominent gable – see the Somerville house
  • Often has a one-story porch – either an entry porch or a larger porch that spans the width of the house


Medford Gothic Revival

Medford Gothic Revival

Other Architectural Styles Around Cambridge:

Greek Revival Houses In and Near Cambridge


Shingle Style Houses in Cambridge

Second Empire Mansards

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