Victorian Style Homes
Listing information last updated on October 23, 2021 at 7:00 AM EST.
About The Victorian Home Style
Victorian homes are commonly referred to architecturally as Victorian style, but this style is really the product of an era when Queen Victoria ruled Britain from 1837 – 1901. Because it’s not a specific style, these homes can feature a variety of layouts and use of material.
Victorians took home design very seriously; the more elaborate the home, the greater the owner’s wealth and social standing. There are a variety of Victorian home styles including the gothic revival, Italianate, stick, second empire, and the most popular in the United States, Queen Anne. This particular sub-style features a steep gabled roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, bay windows and circular towers.
Despite the variety of distinctive styles, all Victorians emphasis similar decorative elements inside and outside, with complex facades and floor plans.
Common Characteristics & Features Of Victorian Houses:
- Asymmetrical vertical façade
- Two or three stories
- Textured exterior using shingles, board and batten siding, or mixed materials
- Steep roof, usually pitched or man sawed
- Deep eaves, often with decorative carved brackets
- Copulas, turrets, dormers, bay windows, and orioles
- Single story asymmetrical porch, usually wrapping around one or more sides
- Complex floor plan with wings and bays
- Highly decorative, polychromatic exterior
- Decorative stained glass
- Carved fireplaces, heavy carved double doors
More About Victorian Style Homes
There are as many floor plans for Victorian homes as there are sub-styles. But many freestanding Victorian homes are based on a central hall plan or an L or T shaped layout. While many are square or rectangular in plan, most have setbacks, wings, or bays that add to the complexity of the layout. Given the popularity of Victorian homes, many have already been restored to their original beauty, and upgraded for every modern comfort.
Before purchasing a Victorian house, find an inspector who specialized in restored homes. Unlike many of the mass produced cookie cutter homes, a Victorian style home provides a truly unique ambiance and personality with its many adornments.