This sweetheart of a cottage is for sale in Louisa, Virginia.
It was built in the year 1860.
My first impression was that this house was built in the carpenter (or folk) Gothic Revival style but the listing agent describes it as an “antebellum board & batten home, built from an Andrew Jackson Downing cottage design.”
And to back this claim up, in the listing photos the agent included a drawing of the cottage design from Andrew Jackson Downing’s 1842 publication A Domestic Revolution: Cottage Residences :
Yep, this particular home is definitely an Andrew Jackson Downing design, but he was famous for Gothic Revival cottages, so I’m wondering where the “antebellum” comes in.
Antebellum simply means pre-war, as in, before the American Civil War. But when applied to architecture, antebellum refers to a style characterized by neoclassical and Greek revival style plantation houses and mansions – not gingerbread board and batten cottages!
Perhaps I am over thinking this whole thing. I’ve read that everything old in the south is referred to as “antebellum”.
So let us just enjoy looking at this lovely pre-war folk Gothic cottage, shall we…
Rose Cottage boasts many original features including the wood floors, high baseboards, and nine fireplaces!
Taking a closer look in the office – you can see it has the original pressed tin ceiling:
The kitchen is modernized but still retains that old southern cottage charm thanks to the plantation shutters and the beadboard ceiling….
Each of the 4 bedrooms has a fireplace:
And under all that carpeting is the preserved original heart pine flooring.
The exterior board and batten is made from Southern hard pine and is original to the structure!
Lots of roses amongst the mature landscaping – giving this cottage its namesake.
Price for Rose Cottage?
A board and batten beauty and a rarity in the American south!