A reader asked me in yesterday’s post on Queen Anne architecture, what other types of architecture fall under the Victorian Era. I thought I’d quickly answer for her.
1. Carpenter Gothic: This style is identified by its steep gables with bargeboard or vergeboard (shaped wooden edging) under the gables. This style, to me- is the quintessential gingerbread house. When you go to decorate yours this year- you can tell people that you've used the Carpenter Gothic influence in your high pitched gables and bargeboard, and whimsical colonettes and detailing. I am sure people would be very impressed.... :)
2. The Italianate Style: Generally speaking, these are usually cube shaped houses with a square tower, called a cupola, or observatory on the top. You will also find Italian arches and columns used.
3. The Mansard style is one of my favorite. I absolutely love Mansard roofs. These are generally rectangular buildings with tall French windows and quoining. The roof is frequently topped with iron cresting and finials. This is sometimes called the Second Empire or General Grant style.
4. The least common of the Victorian styles is the octagonal style. In fact, there are only a few hundred remaining homes standing. As the name suggests, it is characterized by its eight sides. It is frequently topped with a cupola, a low-hipped roof, and decorative features found on other Victorian styles.
So- there you go- there is more than just Queen Anne to the Victorian period in architecture. Notice the commonalities of the intricacies in the architecture. I would describe all of the styles as feminine- with great attention to small detail. Anyone have a favorite style of the group? I would have to say that the Mansard is my favorite.