January 29, 2010

Folk Victorian?

Part of the charm of Anderson’s Boulevard Historic District is the variation in homes along its shady streets. Lately I’ve been going on and on about the Tudor Revivals. The above house (check here for a full view) has an entirely different feel. I reached back into my memory to call it “Victorian.” After Googling, I had my “hand” swatted by at least a couple writers, claiming that “Victorian is a time period, not an architectural style.” Hmmm…

It appears that the above style of home — Folk Victorian — is probably the most common within the Victorian period. Such homes can be quite beautiful, with intricate detailing. For example, I LOVE the texture in the side gable, shown above, as well as the brackets under the eaves and the adorable diamond-shaped window. Not to mention the large porch in the full-view picture. With such components, why isn’t this home labeled a Queen Anne, one of the more distinctive styles built during the Victorian period? Well…I’m not an expert, but relying on Google, I would say that the above home is too symmetrical in body (or massing?). There are no turrets, bay windows, or an asymmetrical structure that would scream Queen Anne. Folk Victorian homes were typically enhanced by skilled carpenters, rather than designed by architects. The advant of the rail road and readily available machine-made parts made such detailing affordable to Anderson’s middle and business class. Do you agree with this conclusion of Folk Victorian?

after more Googling, I have to admit that style naming is imperfect, which makes it even more fun. It seems to be that during the “Victorian” period of architecture, there were several different distinct archtectural styles. Perhaps the most common, the Folk Victorian. This i


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