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Westwood Gothic

The pointed arch, one of the most popular motifs of the Gothic Revival period, was thought to convey a sense of spirituality and harken to back to a earlier, more romantic time. Needless to say, it is amply evident in this pattern. Like the Gothic cathedrals which inspired it the piercing of the tracery serves … Continued

Parson Smith Pillar and Arch

Perhaps our favorite of this type of pattern, the Parson Smith document has a fluidity absent from many pillar and arch designs. Though the fragments were discovered in a closet of the South Windham residence these were obviously leftovers from the another space, most likely the hallway. NOTE: With this pattern clients should expect some … Continued

Dundurn Castle Gothic

Although it is uncertain in which of the seventy-two rooms of Dundurn Castle this pattern was installed, it seems likely to have been a bedroom or similarly modest-sized room rather than a larger public room. When Adelphi staff first viewed photographs of the fragment – but before we viewed the actual document – we imagined … Continued


This very fine pillar and arch paper, inspired by the British architectural patterns of the 1760s and 1770s, is probably the first American design which features allegorical symbols. Like most architectural papers, it was most likely hung in a hallway though it may have also been used in a parlor or bed chamber. The allegorical … Continued