Since the John Gould House has been looking so spiffy this summer, I figured it was the perfect subject for our second Essex Doodlebomb. If you missed our debut Essex doodlebomb of the long gone Essex Horse Nail Company and/or our original doodlebomb introduction which explained what a doodlebomb is, you might want to start with those two posts.
If you’re unfamiliar with this handsome midtown manse, it was built for John Gould around 1833 at the heart of a expansive property which included almost the entire block. Known to many today as the John Gould House, this stately limestone home was constructed in thestyle but also incorporates some details.
The five-bay Federal facade of the house does not include decorative details of the earlier Federal period but rather weightier proportions of emerging Greek Revival design. (Essex on Lake Champlain)
I will soon post another more detailed doodle illustrating the design elements of the John Gould House (and many other architecturally significant Essex, NY properties). Until then, this whimsical doodlebomb is a haphazard combination of a recent snapshot I took in August, a hasty interpretation of the Greek key motif which you can note in the entrance portico, and a totally inaccurate rendering (apologies due) of the friendly owner waving.
- Vintage Stereoview: Palmer Havens Gardens (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)