Gothic Revival in Concord

cyrus-pierce-house.jpgA Day in a Concord Life

Well, it is close to 100 degrees outside. Adjusting is proving difficult. Each year there are a series of days that seem to stretch across four seasons. Today’s heat could give mid-August a run for its money. A sun-covered porch, cooled by vine and stone seems the ideal refuge from the sun.

This particularly lovely home in Concord Center was once that of Cyrus Pierce circa 1850 and is today a private residence. Its exterior showcases an Early Gothic Revival Cottage style popular in the U.S. during the middle of the 19th century. The steep roof line, decorated gables, stone exterior and porch are all elements of this type of architecture.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the homes in Concord is that they cannot be tied back to a single period. Development of the present-day Historic District did not occur in one brush stroke, but over generations. The architectural styles reflect the influences of the day, each representing a page in American history.

Most importantly, because the Town of Concord has had the foresight not to build over historic pre-existing structures, there are homes standing today in Concord that date back to the 17th century.