July 29, 2016

Preservation Personals: A Gothic Revival Country Home in the History-Rich Finger Lakes

  • By: Filip Mazurczak
Andrew Jackson 1850 Gothic Revival - Exterior

photo by: Finger Lakes Realty Partners

28 West Lake Street Skaneateles, New York 13152

Skaneateles (skinny-atlas) may be as hard to pronounce as the name of the guy who wrote this post, but if this helps you remember, the name refers to nearby Skaneateles Lake and comes from an Iroquois term meaning “long lake.”

William Henry Seward, a onetime United States secretary of state and later governor of New York, called it the most beautiful body of water in the world. As an additional boon, Skaneateles is close to great skiing, vineyards, and orchards.

The town of Skaneateles itself also has a lot to offer. Few other enclaves of 7,200 souls are as rich in history. In 1843, a utopian farming commune was established there. In the decades before the Civil War, Skaneateles was a hub of the abolitionist movement, and was home to several important Underground Railroad sites.

As for me, I boast an impressive history. I was built as a country house in 1850 in the Gothic Revival style by Alexander Jackson Davis, considered to be one of America’s most outstanding architects at the time. I include many wonderful decorative elements that were characteristic of Jackson Davis' work, such as peaks, extensions in many directions, unique windows, and verandas.

To learn more about this architectural treasure in a hub of history and outdoor fun, click here.

Andrew Jackson 1850 Gothic Revival - Master Bedroom

photo by: Finger Lakes Realty Partners

Alexander Jackson Davis' ornate style of architecture, decorated with peaks and angles all around, can be seen in the master bedroom.

Andrew Jackson 1850 Gothic Revival - Master BedroomAndrew

photo by: Finger Lakes Realty Partners

My living room features a fireplace to keep you warm during the upstate New York winters.

Filip Mazurczak is an editorial intern at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He previously worked as a freelance journalist, translator, and editor. He is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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