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Carpenter Gothic

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The Carpenter Gothic style is one that is unique to the North American region.   This architectural style may also be referred to as Rural Gothic, due to the Gothic Revival detailing that it features.  The Carpenter Gothic style got its name from the use of North American timber and carpenter built structures.  Rather than using stone like they would in typical Gothic structures, carpenters and architects instead turned to wood to add the decorative elements and sculptural pieces.

The most common buildings to feature this architectural style are small churches, and some homes.  Churches have always been associated with the classical Gothic style, and are no different with its Carpenter cousin.  Many times you may find a church or other building that looks relatively plainer than what is typical, but this has only helped to popularize the style.  One of the most popular and well-known examples of the Carpenter Gothic style is a house found in Eldon, Iowa that is the backdrop for the famous painting American Gothic.

American Gothic was painted in 1930 by Grant Wood.  He was inspired by the Eldon, Iowa house, more specifically an upper window.  The two people portrayed in the forefront of the painting are a farmer and his daughter, not his wife like many people have originally thought.  The people are who Wood imagines would live in a home like this, and are not based on anyone in particular.  The painting has become extremely iconic and is now one of the most parodied pieces in American pop culture.

There are many Carpenter Gothic homes that have made it onto a list of historical landmarks.  While this may protect the building from being torn down, it seldom helps keep it renovated, or protects the land that it is on.  There are several different groups dedicated to the preservation of such buildings, and they will relocate them to a safe location when necessary.

Written by antiqueswriter

May 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Iron Cross Door Knob

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Ooo la la… this is really awesome folks.

As we were driving through a small town in West Virginia, we came across a church yard sale.  Well, you know how much we love digging through stuff at yard sales to see what we can find, and that day was no different. We stopped and started browsing the rows and rows of tables the local townspeople had set up, and were immediately taken by surprise.  Not only was the yard sale was for the church, but there were parts of the church itself for sale!

Awesome Door Knob

Awesome Door Knob

The town was working towards renovating the church, and wanted to upgrade to all new hardware, since many of its original pieces were deteriorating from over a century and a half of wear and tear.  This was used on one of the rear office doors that was rarely used, thus explaining its pristine condition.

Iron Cross Door Knob Side View

While the word ‘pristine’ generally indicates something that is in mint condition, it is the best possible word to use to describe the quality in which this one hundred and fifty something year old door knob can be described.  There are absolutely no blemishes to the iron cross design itself, and very few, minute scratches on the edges.  It’s absolutely remarkable and rare to find a piece in this shape!

An iron cross design is a stunning choice for any home, and while many automatically recognize it for its Christian connotations, it can also be used for its iconology.  The copper used by its original creator adds a touch of old world charm that is hard to duplicate in any other metal, but we are going to do our best.

Bronze and copper will be the two we use, but we may also experiment to see how well we can bring out the design in cast iron.  Who knows, it may be one of those happy accidents that works out better than the original

.Iron Cross Door Knob Front View

Written by antiqueswriter

October 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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