Gothic Revival in New York

The Gothic Revival began in England in the second half of the 18th century and lasted throughout the 19th century. It was a conscious movement to revive medieval Gothic architectural forms. It’s called ‘Gothic Revival’ because it echoes Gothic architecture, that developed in France in the twelfth century. Gothic was a style used for churches…

Second Empire Style in New York

The Second Empire style takes its name from the reign of Napoleon III (1852-1870) – a period known as the Second Empire. During this time, Paris was transformed into a city of grand boulevards and monumental buildings. The Second Empire style is eclectic, drawing from Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. Émile Zola, in one of his novels, described a…

Chateauesque and German/French Renaissance Revival in New York

Chateauesque is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a style based on sixteenth-century French chateaus in the Loire Valley of France. The elaborate revival style became popular between the 1880s and 1900s and was favored by the affluent. The Chateauesque architecture style is rather easy to identify. Its main characteristics are: Chateau-like appearance Round tower with…

Italian Renaissance Revival Architecture in New York

Italian Renaissance Revival spans the period from the 1890s to the 1930s, but its popularity peaked in 1900 – 1920. The original Italian Renaissance was itself a revival style that looked to emulate the Classical period. In its turn, 14th – 16th-century Florentine and Roman urban palazzi inspired its rebirth during the 20th century in America…