What Are Some Characteristics of Victorian Houses?


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Common characteristics of Victorian houses (styles constructed from 1837 to 1901) include steep roofs with prominent gables at the front, textured shingles, asymmetrical porches, and facades and towers. They are usually narrow and are two or three stories tall, though larger Victorian houses may have another floor, as well as full or partial basements. Typical interior features include tiled floors, staircases and bay windows.

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Whether they’re made of stone or wood, Victorian houses display many distinct features that make them easy to distinguish from other styles of architecture. Known for their uneven roof lines, they often have towers and turrets, occasionally parapets, as well as numerous gables. Many Victorian houses were designed with decorative, sometimes ornate, wood trim and textured shingles that set off their porches and ornate entrances. These elements combine with bay windows to create an asymmetrical appearance that’s at once whimsical and rigid.

Common interior features of Victorian houses include both tiled and planked floors, steep staircases and bay windows, usually in rooms built into towers or turrets. While doorways are often trimmed with fluted moldings, more elaborate examples have crown molding and wainscoting as well. A typical Victorian house also has a fireplace in every room.

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