Victorian Architecture

Bought a book on Victorian architecture in the used book store the other day.  So interesting to put a name to architectural features.

The Victorians were very big on ornamentation, even bold decoration, to the point of pure whimsy (the circular tower structure with a “witch’s cap” on top, for instance).  Their architecture, therefore, has so much more character than the utilitarian, 20th-century architecture that superseded it.

Do you know what a finial is?  A bay window?  Everyone know what a cornice is, no?

Three types of architecture worth exploring, in my opinion: Victorian, Queen Anne, and Gingerbread.

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