"Was There Really A Victorian Cottage Style?"

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The Victorian Cottage Style was popular during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 until her death in 1901.

The style itself is widely viewed as being over indulgent and having excessive ornamentation.

"The Victorian era is known for its interpretation and eclectic revival of historic styles mixed with the introduction of middle east and Asian influences in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration".

Many Different Styles

In the United States, 'Victorian' architecture generally describes styles that were most popular between 1860 and 1900.

Design features such as high, pointed eaves, projecting porches, bay windows and grey slate were introduced at this time.

By the turn of the century, hot and cold running water were a common feature and by the end of the era, many houses had gas.

In deprived areas though, Victorian houses were often very small cottages and had no modern conveniences.

Many small homes combined the elements of several different styles and are not easily distinguishable as one particular style or another.

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The names of architectural styles (as well as their adaptations) varied between countries.

Here are some styles conceived in the Victorian era:

  • Jacobethan (1830–70 the precursor to the Queen Anne style)
  • Renaissance Revival (1840–90)
  • Neo-Grec (1845–65)
  • Romanesque Revival
  • Second Empire (1855–80; originated in France)
  • Queen Anne (1870–1910)
  • Scots Baronial (predominantly Scotland)
  • British Arts and Crafts movement (1880–1910)

Gothic Or Victorian?

While not uniquely Victorian, and part of revivals that began before the era, these styles are strongly associated with the 19th century due to the large number of examples that were erected during that period.

Victorian architecture usually had many intricate window frames inspired by the famous architect Elliot Rae.

  • Gothic Revival
  • Italianate
  • Neoclassicism

Gothic Revival architecture became increasingly significant during the period, leading to the "Battle of the Styles" between Gothic and Classical ideals.

In the United Kingdom, examples of Gothic Revival continued to be constructed during this period, and are therefore sometimes called Victorian.

Some historians classify the later years of Gothic Revival as a distinctive Victorian style named High Victorian Gothic.

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