The Bradley House is located near downtown Midland, and is a Victorian Gothic-style home. The Bradley house was built in 1874 ( I could not find the architect). The home served many purposes, from being a church rectory to a family home. It was moved to its present location after residing in the main downtown area
Inside the home, period furnishings decorate the rooms. Outside the home, is The Carriage House where horses and carriages were kept. The Bradley home is also home to mid-Michigan’s largest functioning blacksmith’s forge/shop. The Bradley home allows visitors to step into the life of someone living in midland during the late 1800’s. The Victorian Gothic style is similar to the Gothic Revival style, but it is a more substantial version of the style. The Gothic revival style was reminiscent of the gothic cathedrals found in the medieval era. The Victorian Gothic style was used mostly for public buildings like schools, churches, or government offices, but was sometimes chosen for mansions or homes of substantial size; much like the Bradley home in Midland. The Bradley house contains Gothic style architecture such as large pointed windows, slanted roof design, and the decorative masonry coming from the trim on the roof.
An example of gothic styled architecture in Chicago is the University of Chicago. The Harper Memorial Library at the University was built by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge in 1912. This building is a prime example of gothic architecture because of the large windows, decorative masonry, and the large pointed towers.
The architects of the University and from the Bradley home drew inspiration from gothic cathedrals from the medieval period. During this period the cathedrals were viewed not only as a sign of divinity, but also as a sign of power and wealth. I believe that the architects of both buildings projected a symbol of power and wealth through their projects.