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Victorian Beauty

 Who doesn’t appreciate the intricate designs of Victorian homes? They seem to stand proud and elegant above the hustle and bustle of life.

Though Victorian describes an era during the reign of Queen Victoria rather than a style, it has definitely become marked by distinct features and architecture. It emerged between the period of 1830 and 1910 and spread around the globe. Many homes from this era still stand and have been preserved and become part of local historical registries. in some parts of the country there are still huge neighborhoods made up of all this style homes. Richmond Virginia, Boston Massachusetts and St. Paul Minnesota are just a few  parts of the U.S. filled with these homes, but you can find some much closer to home sprinkled throughout the Willamette Valley.
Here are the most prominent features of Victorian Architecture as listed by HGTV,

“Key Elements

  • Two to three stories. Victorian homes are usually large and imposing.
  • Wood or stone exterior. The majority of Victorian styles use wood siding, but the Second Empire and Romanesque styles almost always have outer walls made of stone.
  • Complicated, asymmetrical shape. Unlike the boxy Greek revival style, these homes have wings and bays in many directions.
  • Decorative trim. Commonly called “gingerbread,” Victorian homes are usually decorated with elaborate wood or metal trim.
  • Textured wall surfaces. Scalloped shingles, patterned masonry or half-timbering are commonly used to dress up Victorian siding.
  • Steep, multi-faceted roof or Mansard roof. Victorian homes often have steep, imposing rooflines with many gables facing in different directions. The Second Empire Victorian style has a flat-topped Mansard roof with windows in the side to allow for maximum space inside the house.
  • One-story porch. A large, wraparound porch with ornamental spindles and brackets is common, especially in the Queen Anne style.
  • Towers. Some high-end Victorian homes are embellished with a round or octagonal tower with a steep, pointed roof.
  • Vibrant colors. Before this era, most houses were painted all one color, usually white or beige. By 1887, bright earth tones like burnt sienna and mustard yellow were in vogue.” –HGTV


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