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The Victorian

Victorian Home

Victorian houses are architecturally commonly referred to as the Victorian Style but this “style” is really a period in history. The Victorian era roughly corresponds to the time when Queen Victoria ruled Britain (1837 to 1901). During this time, industrialization brought many innovations in architecture. There is a wide variety of Victorian styles, each with its own distinctive features.

Victorian styles include Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque.

General Characteristics

  • Steeply pitched roof of irregular shape, usually with dominant front-facing gable
  • Textured shingles (and/or other devices) to avoid smooth-walled appearance
  • Partial or full-width asymmetrical porch, usually one story high and extended along one or both side walls
  • Asymmetrical facade


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