The Lace House Museum
Black Hawk, Colorado. 1863. Built as a wedding present by tollgate keeper Lucien K. Smith for his bride, Mary Germain, the Lace House Museum was restored by the city of Black Hawk in 1976 for its centennial. The elaborate verge boards, a dripping confection of icicles emphasizes the Gothic verticality of the home. Note the siding is laid vertically - a typical, Gothic design. Gothic homes were popularized by A.J. Downing beginning in the 1840's and were fashionable until the 1870's.