Sustainable Design at President Lincoln’s Cottage

By Erin Carlson Mast

The January/February 2008 issue of Preservation Magazine focuses on the growing effort to merge preservation with sustainable design and features an article on the efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage to use “green” practices in the restoration effort on both buildings.   The President Lincoln’s Cottage Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, housed in a renovated 1904-5 building, is expected to earn a LEED silver rating.

Ms. Erin Mast is the curator at President Lincoln’sCottage.

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2 responses to “Sustainable Design at President Lincoln’s Cottage

  1. Paul F. Swinford

    I would appreciate if very much if you folks could point out some reference materials on the use of “Gothic Revival” archictecture in residences.

    Certainly there were many sources turned up in the restoration of Mr. Lincoln’s summer cottage.

    Thank you so much

  2. presidentlincolnscottage

    Dear Mr. Swinford,

    I encourage you to take a look at the post about the architect of the Cottage for the latest information as it pertains to this site.
    https://lincolncottage.wordpress.com/2007/11/08/john-skirving-architect-of-the-cottage/

    For more general information about Gothic Revival architecture in residences, turn to Andrew Jackson Downing’s “Cottage Residences” and “Architecture of Country Houses” (published 1842 and 1850, respectively). Not only do these books offer a good overview of the Gothic Revival style as applied to residential homes, but they are both still in print today through Dover Publications under the titles “Victorian Cottage Residences” and “The Architecture of Country Houses” making them very easy to find.

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