Carpenter Gothic Style
Carpenter Gothic Architectural Style

Carpenter Gothic is an architectural style that was popular in North America. It was a Folk/Stick Style offshoot of the Gothic Revival movement specific to smaller, more rural wood framed structures instead of the larger brick or stone cousins. While the American Gothic Revival movement ranged from the 1840s through the 1860s, the Carpenter Gothic style extended later into the 1890s, particularly in the western United States.

Carpenter Gothic architecture features some combination of pointed arch windows, circle windows, tall square towers (usually with narrow pointed spires), minor buttresses, vertical board and batten walls or horizontal clapboarded walls, vergeboards, bargeboards, and steep pitched roofs (often with cross gables), among other details. Carpenter Gothic structures were simply adorned as compared to the Medieval Gothic style. However, some structures did include more extensive decoration and trim.

Most Carpenter Gothic structures are houses or buildings of worship, particularly Episcopal churches. Similar wood structures in the Carpenter Gothic style also were built in Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more general information about the Carpenter Gothic style, go to: Wikipedia.


In Leadville, several worship structures existed:

  • First Presbyterian Church, 119 & 121 W 5th Street, 1879?
  • St. George Episcopal Church, 200 W 4th Street, 1880
  • Temple Israel, 201 W 4th Street, 1884
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 E 8th Street, 1888
Temple Israel

Temple Israel

Orthodox synagogue

This Presbyterian Church became the Orthodox synagogue in 1893 after some other uses of the building. The building was demolished in 1937.

St. George Episcopal Church

St. George Episcopal Church

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, The "Swedish Lutheran Church"

Other examples of Carpenter Gothic in the United States

These photos show some other examples of Carpenter Gothic structures from around the United States.

The most iconic Carpenter Gothic structure is featured in the painting American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood. The house is in Eldon, Iowa.
House in Eldon
House in Eldon, Iowa
American Gothic
American Gothic (1930)
Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Georgetown, Colorado
St. John’s-In-The-Prairie
St. John’s-In-The-Prairie
Episcopal Church
Forkland, Alabama
Unitarian Universalists
Unitarian Universalists
of San Mateo, California
(originally a Methodist church)
Christ Church
Christ Church
Fort Meade, Florida
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Prairieville, Alabama
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Cahaba, Alabama
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Lowndesboro, Alabama
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Methuen, Massachusetts
Cooper House
Cooper House
Independence, Oregon
St. Paul's by-the-sea
St. Paul's by-the-sea
Protestant Episcopal Church
Ocean City, Maryland
Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church
and Guild Hall
Port Orange, Florida
St. Paul’s Chapel
St. Paul’s Chapel
Crownsville, Maryland

Temple Israel Foundation
208 West 8th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461
303.709.7050

Temple Israel Museum
201 West 4th Street
Leadville, Colorado 80461
longled@longled.cnc.net

Hebrew Cemetery
SW Corner of Evergreen Cemetery
North end of James Street, Leadville
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