Not platted until 1886, the town of Haigler, Nebraska, is an unlikely spot to find a house built in the Gothic Revival style.  Most popular in the mid-19th century, the romantic style was never commonplace anywhere in Nebraska for houses; it is especially surprising to find an example of it in the extreme southwest corner of the state.  However, many architectural styles did persist in rural areas long after having lost popularity elsewhere.

Defining characteristics include the steeply pitched roof and lacy ornamental bargeboard. The pair of gables on the side (second photo) enhance the Gothic character.  The current windows appear to be replacements as they are single-paned double-hung units.  Original windows would most likely have had two or four panes per sash.  The pedimented window frames are not typical of the style and show a subtle transition to the Italianate style.  Ironically, the Italianate style was at the time also falling out of fashion in all but rural areas.  The existing porch also appears to have been modified; the simple square posts are a bit plain given the gable elaboration above.



Exterior doors are fitted with transoms; a bay window adds character as do the delightful roof finials.


Another bay window is found on the side.


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