The Maybloom house plan has several key features of a Victorian home, including a wraparound porch and bay windows. But, Folk Victorians were being built long before the Queen Anne style appeared on the scene, and in any case, it is still useful to make a rough distinction between the more expensive, very elaborate, architect-designed Victorians (Queen Anne) and their less-expensive, plainer, carpenter-designed cousins (Folk Victorian). Chief amongst these was the introduction of improved sanitary arrangements including properly trapped and ventilated house drains and the inclusion of a bathroom in the first floor plan.
The standard for domestic architecture during the Victorian era in the United States, the Queen Anne style is difficult to define, encompassing a wide range of architectural elements and borrowing and combining features from multiple stylistic traditions. Even as buildings began to aspire to something Gothic,” then, it was a decidedly ahistorical Gothic.” Architects of the 12th and 13th century tried to solve an engineering problem: how to make a structure as tall as possible while minimizing load on the walls. Some of our plans are also available on other websites and in printed catalogs.
Originally, gothic architecture was primarily used in religious construction and was popular between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, giving rise to the monumental cathedrals of England and northern France. The idea was to create a garden village – or garden suburb – and so many 1920s council houses were built in a simple cottage style with gabled, red tiled roofs, brick walls combined with white render or pebble dash and horizontal casement windows.
The photo on the right shows The White House by Dare Bryan after C. F. A. Voysey, Leigh Woods, N. Somerset, 1901. In short, your social circle saw your house a lot, so it was important that the house be impressive — that is, designed in the latest fashion. Typical Victorian houses tend to be complex in their floor plans and designed specifically to include modern amenities.
Most Victorian homes were built before 1910, but in Midwestern farming communities the style was still being built as late as the 1940s. BACKGROUND AND INSPIRATION: Gothic Revival was never popular as Greek or Italianate styles, but it’s surprising how often this style reveals itself in churches, houses, and some public buildings. Casa Decrepit – The restoration of the Italianate style home is simply amazing and the story reads better than any Reality TV Show. In fact, vernacular examples developed into a truly American style with only passing reference to Italian models.
This poor house has suffered through some pretty careless tenants, horribly DIY renovations and repairs, yet it still retains a decent amount of original charm. Essentially, any Victorian Era home with a turret or tower is probably going to be classed as a Queen Anne no matter the amount of decoration. Through the influence of Pugin whose ‘True Principles of Gothic Architecture’ was published in 1841, a more serious and analytical approach to the use of medieval Gothic architecture emerged.
Detailed Floor Plans – show the placement of interior walls and the dimensions for rooms, doors, windows, stairways, etc. Keeping the big picture in mind doesn’t just mean considering your actual house; you’ll need to think about your site as a whole, too. Just take a look at this house, yes it might look like a couple that you have seen on your drive to work, but the Stratford house plan is a work of art. Davis designed Lyndhurst, an estate in Tarrytown, New York, that became a model for Victorian Gothic architecture in the United States. Study/Library: Two story – 17×19 (views towards the back of house) with spiral to second level cat walk.
Victorian is a term that covers lots of different styles, and it’s not uncommon to see bits and pieces of many styles all in one house. The days of the locally handmade brick which gave such character and charm to Georgian and Victorian houses were replaced by mass produced bricks such as the harsh, pinkish Fletton. By the 1860s however, the Italianate style surpassed the slightly earlier Gothic Revival in popularity. So the typical Georgian town house was tall and narrow with a long narrow garden or court behind and for the largest houses a coach house or stable at the rear of the plot served by a subsidiary road or ‘mews’.
Fancier houses had tiled floors, carved Gothic mantels and staircases, and pointed-arch motifs in windows, French doors, and woodwork panels. It encompasses a large group of buildings constructed in brick, stone, and timber, using an eclectic mixture of Classical and Gothic motifs. In terraces, the top of the facade was finished in typical Georgian style with an elegant parapet hiding a low roof. All the tracery and ornamentation that was made out of stone on a Gothic cathedral was imitated in flat scroll-cut wood. It could be argued that houses from this period are without style; they were not designed by architects.
Victorian house pictures can illustrate the structural characteristics and scope of Victorian architecture in American residences. A well-studied past is the key to achieving a revival style in the Medieval to Renaissance idioms that is convincing. The house shown here (which is the Compass Rose Bed & Breakfast on Whidbey Island, Washington) is as typical as you could want, considering that Folk Victorians by definition are all over the map.