Architecture of Hopewell Owen Hynes


Victorian Style Houses

Modern Victorian Style Houses

Victorian Houses are very popular today are one of the surviving characteristics of that era. They come from the Victorian Era which lasted from 1837 to 1901. This was the period of time when Queen Victoria ruled, when the industrial revolution brought many changes to the world including architecture.

Queen Victoria

Popular Victorian styles include Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque. Victorian houses typically have pitched roofs of irregular shape, and dominant front facing gables.

The walls are never smooth so shingles can be used to create an irregular surface.

Porches usually are partial or full width and are aystemtical and extend along the walls.


Origin: During the 18th century the industrial revolution changed Britain, and with it architecture. The main factor was the availability of materials and the need for affordable housing. During this time lots of people moved from the country side to cities for work, which triggered the need for new affordable housing. Also, during this time the tax on bricks and glass was lifted, making them very affordable and easy to transport with trains. This materials were also very suitable for the gothic revival of style.

Victorian Houses would line the streets in England during the 19th century like these.

Progression: Victorian houses were very importantly culturally because they brought in regulations for housing. Now all houses had to be equipped with certain things. Sanitation requirements included correct drainage, trash disposal, and toiliets. Hot and cold water was also very common especially later into the 18th century for houses to have. Lighting became available with gas, using gas powered lanterns.

Style: The style of Victorian houses changed throughout out the Victoria era mainly due to three main cultural movements. The style usually featured some of main feature above but the houses did change over time. The first style which lasted from earlier times was the classic Regency style. Theses mainly incorporated pillars, and stucco facades. Stucco is a material used for decorating things lavishly. In towns the houses usually had terraces. The second style is the Italianate Style. This style typically included cornices lining roof edges, and towers in the corners. This towers were used to look at the view and maybe contain bells. Arched windows joined were also typical. The final movement was the Gothic Revival moment. These brought in the

An Italianate style house. You can see the adaptions in a Victoria house.

Work cited:

"Victorian House Styles.", n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

Marshall, John; Willox, Ian (1986). The Victorian House. London: Sidgwick and Jackson Limited.

Quiney, Anthony (1989). Period Houses, a guide to authentic architectural features. London: George Phillip.

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