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…
Cool little house – I especially liked the pics of the inside corner supports on the porch – they are really great! Interesting, well-lived-in house.
Details get me giddy! I’ve added four more photos of exterior details… glad you like this!
What a great house. I appreciate your detailed photos and comments, as always. All the close-ups of the many layers of paint on the baseboards, etc, made me nostalgic for the 100 year old home I grew up in.
It’s so good to know that others also appreciate the character found in the built-up layering of paint finishes which can only be created by the passage of time… it has an authenticity to it which simply can’t be replicated. Stripping paint is not always a good idea.
I enjoy your tours of simple homes ordinary folks would have owned back in the day. It never ceases to amaze the level of details present in even the most plain of homes. This one is just lovely.
That front door! OMG! So fantastic! I LOVE how the two arched windows share a muntin (or would it be a mullion?) instead of being completely separate. I would kill to have such a glorious front door. Even though it would look out of place on our Greek Revival. And then to have the secondary side door mimic the front… Wow. (And the fact that they are both still there)
Also… The casing around the pocket doors is so very 1880s, and rather delightful. Always a fan of the steeple hinges. And those light fixtures definitely look early, but do you think this house would have had electricity in the 1890s? It certainly wasn’t built with it and 1890s seems a bit early for a vernacular house to have electric lighting.
I really love the front door, too! As you pointed out, there is usually more space between such arched panes (in which case the dividing piece would simply be a stile). Here, however, it’s all molded so I’m not sure what the proper term would be… a case could be made for either muntin or mullion! It is possible that this house could have had electricity installed when the rear wing was enlarged in the 1890’s. It’s also possible, however, that these light fixtures might have been added some time in the 1970’s or 80’s as a form of period backdating. So many mysteries!