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    VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE IN AUSTRALIA

    VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE IN AUSTRALIA
    • sagadmin
    • June 15 2021

    Why is victorian architecture so popular in Australia? It’s no secret that Australia was once part of enormous and mighty British Empire. Both British and European influence have been strong all over the world, and the area of architecture is no exemption.

    During the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), there was a boom in the construction industry. The quality of build and attention to detail that were paid back in the day were so great that we can easily find properties from this era scattered around the globe. When it comes to Australia, we can find a great number of these historically valuable buildings across New South Wales, Tasmania, and just about all other states as well.

    Researchers and architectural theorists agree that there were three main periods in which the Victorian style was going through some form of transformation and innovation. These periods include: early (up until 1860), mid- (from 1860 up till 1875), and late Victorian style (form 1875 up till 1901). This architectural style is often mistaken for Federation architecture, but they do have notable differences.

    In this article, we will explain the main features of the different periods of the victorian era. We hope you enjoy!

    EARLY-VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE

    Early Victorian architecture had a simpler form than the latter periods. There are a number of key elements that are distinct to the Early Victorian Style. These include brickwork, a front veranda, a pitched roof and minimal decorations. The design of these houses is similar to Worker’s Cottages. In the interior, ceilings were plain and usually unadorned.

    MID-VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE

    Intricate and elaborate ornaments became more commonly accepted as we move to the mid-Victorian era. Features such as ornamental brick facades, lacework made of cast iron, ceiling embellishments and purely decorative cast mouldings are predominant. Picket fencing or cast iron was used to enclose the front yard. On the inside, fancy and ornamental stained glass windows were commonly installed.

    LATE-VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE

    During the final period of Victorian Architecture, the terrace house was the most emblematic dwelling type. These properties came with sophisticated laces made of cast iron. Fireplaces, decorative timberwork mouldings, plaster ceiling mouldings, and narrow and steep staircases are just some of the most representative features of this era of Victorian Architecture.

    Living and dining rooms became places of gathering and socializing and they were planned towards the front of the house, while the kitchen was planned to the back. Bedrooms were located either on the upper floor (if the house had more than just a ground floor), or off the foyer.

    If you are currently planning to invest in a historical building constructed during this lavish period, here are some features to look for:

    • Spectacular quality of materials
    • Solid Timber flooring
    • Supreme quality build and craftmanship
    • Intricate detailing, both indoor and outdoor
    • Iron roofs
    • Solid brick construction

    Moreover, if you are a proud owner of one of these emblematic properties, you may want to restore and preserve some of these elements, as they will definitely add value to your property.