Saturday, April 5, 2008

Victorian Architecture

The Victorian Era established a unique and ornate building style that is still popular to this day, being constantly recreated around the world in different shapes and forms. Characterized by its bright colors, "gingerbread" woodwork, and unique floor plans and facades, Victorian architecture has a very distinct style that has been popular and heavily used since its conception. A great example of this is seen in the photo provided.
This beautiful red and orange building is a bed and breakfast found in Texas which has recently been restored to its original splendor. The "Tarlton House" was originally built during the start of the 1900's, demonstrating an early 20th century interpretation of the classical Victorian architecture of the recent past. The forms are very reminiscent of traditional Victorian houses, with very few creative liberties being taken, creating a house that looks as if it could have been built in Victorian England.

Fast forward to the beginning of the 21st century and another interpretation has been combined with the previous one, though this one is executed in a different way. The detail work found on this house has been diligently restored, with new additions added in order to remain true to the characteristics of the Victorian style. Additionally, a new color scheme was created in keeping with the popular colors found in the architecture of the Victorian era, yet applied in a way that gives a sense of modernity and freshness. During this restoration, not only was the original workmanship enhanced, but modern technology and facilities were also included.
Having included modern advancements with old world styling creates the most recent interpretation of the Victorian house: combining the beauty of Victorian architecture with the function of modern advancements in technology. This trend of marrying the old with the new continues to yet again demonstrate the staying power and popularity of the style of Victorian architecture.

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