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Architecture of The Sterling-Moorman House

The Sterling-Moorman House (1884) is a late example of the Gothic Revival style.  It is characterized by a vertical emphasis of the exterior façade; a bay window with double hung windows, pointed arch windows with hood mouldings and a steeply pitched roof.  This modest house, with an L shaped floor plan with an entry leading to an interior stairway, is the distinguishing feature of this vernacular version of Gothic Revival, also known as Western Farmhouse or tri-gabled ell. 
Western Farmhouse characteristics included on the Sterling-Moorman house are a gabled roofs, asymmetrical floor plan, horizontal drop siding, unadorned porch and a flat (low slope) porch roof.  A later addition is a simple rectangular shed roofed form at the rear or north of the structure. The development of the Tri-Gabled Ell is a direct evolution of the Homestead House style from the early Colonial, to Greek Revival, to the Homestead House style with it’s many variants. 
It was predominantly a rural house style until the beginning of the 20th Century when a desire for simple, honest housing created a market for this type of home in both city and country

Sterling-Moorman House

Heather Scholten,
May 15, 2011, 2:15 PM
Heather Scholten,
May 15, 2011, 2:15 PM