The Ontario farmhouse style (aka Gothic Revival Cottage) is the simplest form of a revival which took place in Ontario( from about 1750-1900) of the heaven-reaching forms of the Gothic style. The Gothic Revival style was touted by Pugin (France) and Ruskin (England) in the mid 1800's as the architecture of a Christian nation; their ilk spurned as 'pagan' the classical forms being used in Europe for the church and civic architecture of the day. (Visit ontarioarchitecture.com for a good look at the variety of Gothic revival domestic, religious and civic buildings among us.) The plain little Ontario Gothic cottage design was made accessible to home-builders through pattern books - and the idea caught on enormously well. One of the most well-known pattern books was 'The Architecture of Country Houses', by A.J. Downing (available as a free Google e-book http://books.google.ca.) I love his thoughtful essays on style; he was so dismissive of things classical, mumbling about "the impossibility of making a dwelling-house of reduced copies of the Parthenon."
It's neat to think about how different our countryside would look today, without Downing's help.
| 1853/55 Wesleyan Methodist cobblestone church|
|Lake Consecon, PEC - the classic look|
|Massassauga Road, PEC - a fanciful variation|
|North Marysburgh township, PEC|
the wide NM gable observed by Cruikshank &Stokes
Have a look round the next time you're out and about and give a nod to the Ontario farmhouse.
|South Marysburgh, PEC|