Focus Friday - Victorian Architecture

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Friday, Jul 23 2010 by

The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of architectural styles predominantly employed during the Victorian era. As with the latter, the period of building that it covers may slightly overlap the actual reign, 20 June 1837 – 22 January 1901, of Queen Victoria after whom it is named, in keeping with a British and French custom by which architectural styles were named after the reigning monarch.

Styles conceived in the Victorian era

British Arts and Crafts movement:

Blackwell (historic house) (StreetView)
Blackwell (historic house)

Painted Ladies:

Alamo Square in San Francisco (StreetView)
Alamo Square in San Francisco

Queen Anne (Stick-Eastlake):

Wakefield County Hall (StreetView)
Wakefield County Hall

Second Empire (architecture):

Philadelphia City Hall (StreetView)
Philadelphia City Hall

Jacobethan (the precursor to the Queen Anne style):

Harlaxton Manor (Google Maps)
Harlaxton Manor


Brandenburg Gate (Birds Eye)
Brandenburg Gate

Renaissance Revival:

Hôtel de Ville (StreetView)
Hôtel de Ville

Romanesque Revival (includes Richardsonian Romanesque):

New York State Capitol (StreetView)
New York State Capitol

Other movements popularized in the period

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

Gothic Revival:

The House of Parliament (StreetView)
The House of Parliament


Osborne House (Google Maps)
Osborne House

Neoclassicism :

The White House (StreetView)
The White House