American Architectural History - Gothic Revival

Gothic Revival - Residential 

George Noble Jones House / Kingscote

Newport, RI

Richard Upjohn, 1841


The Gothic Revival architectural style prominently showcased elaborate carved bargeboards at the gable ends, an asymmetrical plan, diamond pained windows and were often painted to resemble stone. Kingscote, specifically, holds it's place in the Gothic Revival style for these key attributes:

  • fanciful and ornate carved bargeboards and trim

  • highly asyymetric massing - expanded along functional lines

  • steep gables - more picturesque than functional

Richard Upjohn was a leader of the Gothic Revival style and is also the founder of the American Institute of Architects. 

Gothic Revival - Religious

St. Mary's Church

Newport, RI

Patrick Keeley, 1848


The Gothic Revival largely began with church design on moral grounds (A.E. Pugin). St. Mary's displays these Gothic Revival elements:

  • heavy brownstone structure (conveyed permanence and solidity)

  • asymmetric massing

St. Mary's Church is located on Spring and Memorial in downtown Newport. It was also the site of the 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy.