High Victorian / Ruskinian Gothic 1870-1890

The High Victorian Gothic, (a.k.a. Ruskinian Gothic, after British theorist John Ruskin), paired familiar Gothic forms with playful application of color, and cultivated a dialogue about ornament, materials, and craftsmanship in the face of increasing industrialization.

The style was taken up across Boston in a wide variety of building types, and taken to its highest form at Harvard's Memorial Hall.

Image: Memorial Hall, Harvard, ©Yonward, 2017