Architectural style

  • 1 Gothic Revival

    Gothic Revival is an architectural movement that sought to revive the Gothic style, which flourished in Europe in the medieval period. The Gothic Revival movement began in the 1740s in England; interest in reviving the style soon spread to North America. With regard to religious architecture, the Gothic Revival was intertwined with the “High Church” movement and the Anglo-Catholic concern with the growth of religious non-conformism. The style had massive appeal, however, and became more widespread in the third quarter of the 19th century. There are a number of stylistic streams of Gothic Revival architecture, though styles are often mixed. Common features between the different styles include: pointed arch windows, rib vaulted ceilings, buttresses, steeply pitched roofs and an overall emphasis on height. Gothic Revival architecture was massively popular in Ontario, and was the most common style for religious buildings in the mid- to late 19th century. The emergence of Gothic Revival coincided with Ontario’s early settlement by Europeans and was at the height of its popularity just as many of Ontario’s towns and cities began to boom. Today, many Christian religious groups still associate the Gothic esthetic with their places of worship. It is common to find modern buildings that incorporate some Gothic elements.

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