Sunday, September 13, 2009
I've always had an interest in interior design and architecture, and the Victorian era produced homes that interest me a lot. The Boyle House was built in 1890 and features many unusual Victorian elements such as a Queen Anne Tower; embossed, raised, metal flower garlands decorating the porches; rosetted brackets; porches with turned balusters, spindles and columns; and leaded-beveled glass and circle top windows. Unusual interior features include ornate flowered, tile-faced columned and bevel-mirrored oak fireplace mantles with wood carvings, and embellished summer grates; unique gas /electric brass and crystal chandeliers (gasoliers); beautiful hardwood floors and woodwork. http://www.herinn.com/?page_id=3 Many homes today still stand from the Victorian era and even some new architecture exists when building brand new homes. Victorian homes were intended to be romantic, peaceful, and elegant, reflective of the time and attitudes of the people.
The interiors of the homes especially exemplified the elegance and attention to detail of the era. Although some find it to be overkill with the elaborate and excessive embellishments, there is some beauty to the fine detail crafters paid attention to in designing pieces. The picture above is from a Victorian bed and breakfast located in Texas. This room in particular is the drawing room where many social affairs were held. http://www.benefieldhouse.com/common_rooms.html
A Victorian is a house constructed during the Victorian era, approximately 1840 to 1900. During the Victorian era, industrialization brought new building materials and techniques. Architecture saw rapid changes. A variety of Victorian styles emerged, each with its own distinctive features. http://architecture.about.com/od/housestyles/ig/Victorian-House-Styles/