THE HAMLET OF BARRYTOWN, N.Y., on the Hudson River in northern Dutchess County, is kind of a cabinet of architectural curiosities (which makes Frank Gehry’s titanium-roofed concert hall on the nearby Bard College campus — one of the few recently built structures in the area — almost fit in).
There are a number of churches and houses, some of them octagonal, in Carpenter Gothic style, with carved wood trim that is an earlier and simpler version of Victorian gingerbread.
It’s worth a drive around. There’s lots more where these came from, and not a ranch or split-level among them.
Here’s a link to an 1880 Barrytown house on the market now, with an old-fashioned second-story balcony.
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