Victorian architecture

typical Victorian home
Victorian style architecture

Victorian architecture dates from the second half of the 19th century, when America was exploring new approaches to building and design.

Victorian home
Example of a Victorian Home

Advancements in machine technology meant that Victorian-era builders could easily incorporate mass-produced ornamentation such as brackets, spindles, and patterned shingles. The last true Victorians were constructed in the early 1900s, but contemporary builders often borrow Victorian ideas, designing eclectic “neo-Victorians.” These homes combine modern materials with 19th century details, such as curved towers and spindled porches. A number of Victorian styles are recreated on the fanciful “Main Street” at Disney theme parks in Florida, California, and Europe.

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    Regency
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    stick home
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