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c. 1850–1870. 541 7th St. SE

No large-scale Gothic Revival houses exist on Capitol Hill, but there are numerous wood cottages with Gothic trim of varying degrees of richness. Most of this jigsaw-made trim is attached to two-story, flat-fronted houses without the characteristic high cross first designed by A. J. Davis and published in Andrew Jackson Downing's Cottage Residences (1842) and available in similar publications up to the 1870s. This modest example of a Gothic Revival form is ornamented with Queen Anne windows (a central square of clear glass circumscribed by small squares of colored glass) and a bargeboard.

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Author: 
Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee
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Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "House", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DC-01-CN42.

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Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 263-264.

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