High Victorian Gothic
A very elaborate, highly detailed interpretation of the Gothic Revival in its last phase, from about 1860 to 1890; may have bands of polychromed masonry and multicolored brickwork or roofing tiles; is heavy in appearance, as exemplified by its massive gables and porches; sometimes called Late Gothic Revival or Ruskinian Gothic. Some architectural historians avoid this designation, regarding the adjective “Victorian” merely as descriptive of an age that encompassed a number of specific exuberant, ornate, and highly decorative architectural styles.
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