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Holley-Rankine House
525 Riverside Drive, Niagara Falls, NY

See also:
The Historical and Architectural Significance of the Holley-Rankine House, by Francis R. Kowsky

Erected:

Late 1850s-1860s

Stlyle:

Gothic Revival cottage

Status:

National Register of Historic Places


The Holley-Rankine House in Niagara Falls faces the Niagara River (background) near Goat Island. The Robert Moses Parkway cuts off the view of the river.

Note the Queen Anne style house next door.

The two and one-half story Gothic Revival cottage has an irregular ground plan
  • Two large chimneys straddle the ridge of the main block
  • Finial

In the center of the second floor is a window (lighting a bathroom) with a slightly pointed head (made of two roughly cut stones) and a small Gothic balcony.

Beneath the apex of the gable, a cusped round arch window lights the attic.

Pointed trefoil design in bracket

All eaves are widely overhanging

  • Window at left changed from pointed to rectangular sash
  • Small Gothic balcony

Finials

Two large chimneys straddle the ridge of the main block

The severely simple wooden super structure of the veranda at right is, however, a remodeling of an earlier Gothic style porch.

The primary entrance is at the northwest angle of this western wing. Here two pointed arches create a corner entrance porch.

To the right of the arched portal is a casement window (opening onto the vestibule) with simple Gothic tracery in the head and a flat stone lintel.

It seems likely that the north wing of the building is older than the larger Gothic main block of the house.

A hooded entrance - with a king post - at the western corner of the ground floor gives access to a back stair hall.

To the north of the house, and set well back from the street, is the former stable


Special thanks to Architectural Historian Martin Wachadlo for his assistance

Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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