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Encyclopedia Dubuque


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St. Raphael's Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic Revival design.

GOTHIC REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE. Replacing GREEK REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE in popularity by the mid-nineteenth century, Gothic appeared in the United States as early as 1820. It was most frequently used between 1830 and 1860. A steeply pointed arch, steep gables, verandas, “gingerbread” or elaborate wooden trim along gables and eaves, and bargeboards identify the style. Buildings vary greatly in the amount each of these characteristics is used.

A prime example of Gothic architecture in Dubuque is ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHEDRAL. John MULLANY, a local architect, constructed the cathedral, a Dubuque landmark, between 1852 and 1859. Many examples of Gothic Revival architecture homes remain in the city.



Architectural Style Guide. Online: http://www.historicnewengland.org/preservation/your-older-or-historic-home/architectural-style-guide#federal-adam-1780-1820