Victorian Architecture

Victorian architecture

is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. However, many elements of what is typically termed "Victorian" architecture did not become popular until later in Victoria's reign. The styles often included interpretations and eclectic revivals of historic styles mixed with the introduction of Middle Eastern and Asian influences. The name represents the British and French custom of naming architectural styles for a reigning monarch. Within this naming and classification scheme, it follows Georgian architecture and later Regency architecture, and was succeeded by Edwardian architecture.

Though new technology drove innovation in Victorian architecture, nostalgia was its keynote. Past eras were plundered for inspiration.

Both watered-down Regency Classicism and the Greek Revival continued after Victoria came to the throne, but as her log reign wore on a "battle of the styles" developed. The Gothic Revival had a powerful grip on the imaginations of architects between 1855 and 1885. That still left room for the bewildering array of other borrowings from the past.
Perhaps national pride encouraged an admiration for the architecture of previous periods of national confidence: Elizabethan, Jacobean and the Scottish Baronial. Meanwhile Italianate Romanesque was one of the styles encouraged by John Ruskin's influential works.

Characteristic of a Victorian House


Most Victorian houses are narrow, which allowed these impressive beauties to be built on a small amount of land. They were often close to other Victorian homes, usually near the center of town. what these houses lack in width they make up for in height, a typical Victorian is three stories tall and perched on a full-size basement.




Victorian era Architects loved the challenge of varied roof lines and asymmetrical designs. The houses were made to be individual and unique. Even if the basic design of a group of houses is the same, you can expect to find unique window styles and architectural details that give each house its own personality.





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Victorian Architecture

Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of...