Now that’s something you don’t see every day… especially on the High Plains of northwestern Kansas! Both the architectural style and the roof type are atypical of the region. The Jerkinhead roof, a compromise between a gabled roof and a hipped roof, is used with numerous architectural styles and is not without precedent on a Gothic Revival.
The Gothic Revival detailing of the porches on this house is exceptional — especially given its locale. The pagoda style hip-ended porch roof was originally standing-seamed, and only recently covered in asphalt. It mimics those on older and far more sophisticated examples of Gothic Revival such as the Green-Meldrim House in Savannah, Georgia, or Kingscote in Newport, Rhode Island. The roof of the bay window is similarly constructed.
Believed to have been built in 1885, the house is a very late example of the style which had by then faded from popularity in more populated areas. I suspect that the design of the porch may have come from a published source… if anyone recognizes it, please let me know! The rear wing was further extended in the 1890’s.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit this rare survivor and take a few photos. The owner was very gracious in allowing me to photograph the house for my blog. I was happy to find a high degree of architectural integrity intact. Aside from vinyl siding (mostly the damage done to exterior trim during the installation) and interior paint, changes to the house have been minimal and infrequent.
I may post about some of the memorable anomalies of the attic and basement spaces in the future. But for now, let’s take a look at some interesting architectural details…