Can you describe a Victorian house? What features make it inherently ‘Victorian’, and what does that even mean? Can you describe it?
Me either. I wanted to know though, so I thought I would share what I discovered.
Interesting Fact #1
Victorian is really more of an ERA than a style
As neon and legwarmers belong to the eighties (and please, let them stay there), so Victorian ‘style’ belongs to the Victorian era – Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837-1901. The British and French had a “custom of naming architectural styles for a reigning monarch” (reference here) The same is true for Colonial architecture – the ‘style’ is based on the era of the America Colonies (1600-1900s in case you were dying to know.)
Interesting Fact #2
Victorian style was kind of … vain.
Sorry, I mean beautiful. Aesthetically pleasing. …Intricate? As this HGTV writer points out, “The Victorian styles evolved largely from the imposing, elaborate Gothic style, which appealed to the romantic Victorian idea that fashion, architecture and furnishings should be beautiful rather than practical.
Interesting Fact #3
Victorian Houses Can Look Very Different.
Check out the features on these:
The tower is a classic ‘Victorian’ feature. The detailled trim
and porch roof are another give away.
The dormers are a castle-esque feature of the Victorian ‘style’ too.
Well, that and the extravagant tower…
Ickworth House – NeoClassical, one of the many
different types of Victorian style
Detailed decorative trim qualifies as going beyond ‘just functional’
check out that detailed trim and decorative roof line – even a plaque on the wall!
If that’s not Victorian, I don’t know what is.
Church or house?
It’s a little small, but still.
Victorian is not my favorite style. I’m not sure what would be. Something rustic…
What would be your favorite style?