- early Victorian houses
- inspired mostly from Western Europe
- multicolored and textured walls and steep roofs
- incorporated the arches and pediments of Roman architecture with elaborate detailing made possible by the emerging industrial base of the growing nation
- featured elaborate porch decoration and arched windows
- inspired by cityscapes of Paris
- incorporates rectangular or square floor plans, tall flat facades capped by Mansard roofs with dormer windows, and double entry door
- inspired architecture in Paris in the reign of Napoleon
- 1880's came into style
- image of these types of homes is what most people think of when picturing Victorian homes
- feature irregular floor plans, multiple steep roofs and porches with decorative gables
- feature decorative trusswork, and exposed half-timber framing
- steep pitched roofs with simple gables
- common in California
- influenced by Italianate style
- used in many of the large public buildings built during the late 1800's
- similar to stick style
- known for use of affordable wood products
- architects used shingles on either sidings and roofing and sometimes both
Two to Three Stories
The homes are very large and grand but rooms were usually small.
Wood or Stone Exterior
- majority of Victorian styles use wood siding
- Second Empire and Romanesque styles have siding made of stone
Have wings and bays that go in every direction.
Referred to as "Gingerbread ", these homes are decorated with elaborate wood or metal trim.
Textured Wall Surfaces
Commonly used to decorate Victorian siding are scalloped shingles, patterned masonry or half-timbering.
Steep or Mansard Roofing
Victorian homes have steep rooflines with many gables facing in different directions.
High-end Victorian homes areembellished with round or octagonal tower with steep point.
Initially one color, usually white, beige or black was the color of the house. By 1887 people started using bright and vibrant colors which is essential to Victorian architecture.