'Oh!' cried Mrs. Skewton, with a faded little scream of rapture, 'the Castle is charming!—associations of the Middle Ages—and all that—which is so truly exquisite. . . . Such charming times! . . . So full of faith! So vigorous and forcible! So picturesque! So perfectly removed from commonplace! Oh dear! If they would only leave us a little more of the poetry of existence in these terrible days!' . . .

'Those darling byegone times . . . with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture, and their romantic vengeances, and their picturesque assaults and sieges, and everything that makes life truly charming! How dreadfully we have degenerated!' — Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son, ch. 27

Influences and Theoreticians

Major Buildings and Monuments

The Gothic Revival in the Colonies

The Gothic Revival in Europe

Architects and Architect-Designers


Decorative Arts and Design


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