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Victorian Style House Design: Timeless Appeal and Charm

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Published On : 09-30-2013
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With its turrets, gables and ornate trim, the “Victorian” house may be deemed as Bleak House or The House of the Seven Gables as depicted in classic literature.  Quite the contrary.  Perhaps the most colorful, romantic and vibrant architectural style, the “Victorian” took flight during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) when the Industrial Age was in full force.

 

The “Victorian” style has been called “the first product of the American Industrial Age.” When the Industrial Revolution reached American shores, manufacturing became more advanced; new techniques and products emerged.  Modern paint technology gave rise to an explosion of vivid colors and combinations. Raw materials, wood trim and fabrics were readily available at affordable prices. All these developments propelled the creation of new and exciting innovations.

 

As urban areas in America prospered, a new middle class emerged, with its own ideas of urban living and styles. The new urbanites had their individual vision of frames and designs for the homes they would build.

 

 

Color Rendering of this house plan

 

This two-story Victorian style home with a rock/stone exterior has three

bedrooms, a fireplace, and family room. (Plan 158-1078)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Twain's Victorian home.

 

 

 

Mark Twain’s house in Connecticut was built in 1874.  It was in this home

that he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and          

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

 

 

 

 

 

A Break From Traditional Shapes and Colors

 

With all the “newfangled” notions now at their disposal, potential homeowners were emboldened to break away from traditional shapes and colors. Out went the usual rectangular, square shapes and monochromatic colors. In their place were the distinctive asymmetrical facades of the Victorian home along with interesting roof lines, bay windows, patterned shingles, decorative trim and multi-colored walls.

 

One story Victorian house plan.  Floor Plan - Victorian home.

This simple one-floor Victorian home has a front porch and a mud area leading to the garage. Plans for the second floor are also available. (http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-12084)

 

The Victorian style, which featured a variety of designs within its genre, became a dominant style in the United States from 1880 to 1910. Two of the most popular “Victorians” during that period were the Gothic and Italianate.  The Gothic style (constructed of brick and stone, and sometimes, of wood) and the “more practical” Italianate” (which can be stately or rustic) remained affordable for the middle class. Their most vocal proponent was Andrew Jackson Downing, a renowned architect and landscape artist, who with Frederick Law Olmsted, was responsible for landscape architecture in the U.S.

 

Today’s Victorian Home

 

The enduring popularity of the Victorian is rooted in its diversity, decorative features, elegance and charm.  Even in the 21st century, architects and designers continue to build these homes. Art lovers – who opt to restore, instead of build new Victorians, look for “originals” that they can renovate and enhance.

 

So, it’s time to throw that “Bleak House” vision out the window.. and say hello to the real Victorian: charming, appealing and timeless.  

 

Luxury Victorian house plan.  Floor Plan First Story

 

Floor Plan Second Story

The stately Victorian home has two floors and features double doors, balcony, turrets, four bedrooms and three garage bays.
Floor plans are above and to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Victorian mansion in Bronxville was built in 1896 and has been well maintained.

 

 

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