Victorians are two to three story homes made of wood or stone exterior. They usually have decorative trim and a steep, asymmetrical shape. They often have a multi-faceted roofs and a one-story porch.
Victorian homes usually have lots of character, unique features and can be found in history-rich areas.
Building materials and hardware for Victorian homes are not typically always readily available.
Victorian Queen Anne
Most Victorian homes have colorful accents. By 1887, bright earth tones were very much in vogue, and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Wooden ‘Gingerbread’ Trim, Rounded ‘Fish-scaled’ Gables and Porches
Classic Queen Anne Victorians have delicate gingerbread trim. This type of decoration is called Eastlake, named after the work of famous English furniture designer, Charles Eastlake. The fish-scaled gables are a defining, recognizable feature on Queen Annes. Most porches on Queen Anne Victorians are one-story and wrap around the front, this look evokes a very luxurious style.
Also known as bargeboards, most vergeboards are fastened to the gables of a roof to strengthen, protect, and conceal the exposed timbers there. Bargeboards are sometimes molded or carved, and are reminiscient of classic gingerbread, dollhouse-style roofs.
Small Vernacular Homes
Most are small, vernacular homes in which the gable is facing the street. Their architectural style is often informed by local traditions and needs. This allows them to blend in nicely with the surrounding homes and local community.
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