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Old Posted May 26, 2007, 3:04 PM
the Misanthropist the Misanthropist is offline
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Victorian Architecture: East vs West

Here's one for the architecture buffs.

I've always found remarkable the great difference between Eastern and Western Victorian architecture. Bearing in mind we're talking about the same country, the same period and the same influences I think it's quite surprising. Let's take San Francisco as a the Western paradigm, being as it was THE city in the West, and Boston as the Eastern stereotype. If you think about wooden architecture, the ornate San Francisco victorians with their bay windows have nothing to do with their Eastern counterparts. And where you see brownstones and red brick rowhouses in the East you see stucco in the West. We're actually talking about cities of a similar size, 342k San Fran against 560k Boston, according to the 1900 census. How do you explain the difference in architectural styles?
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Old Posted May 27, 2007, 9:51 PM
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This is a good observation. There is a also a sort of vernacular going on here with West Coast victorian, with the raised main floors. This seems peculiar to older Norhtern Califorina towns, as one sees this style in Sacramento and Suisun City as well as SF.
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Old Posted May 28, 2007, 3:11 AM
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I believe you will find this page interesting,
It's a pretty simplistic page that deals with Victorian architecture in SF. Also, Gothic Revival is one of my favorite architectural styles from that period.

“Most planning of the past fifteen years has been based upon three destructive fallacies: the cataclysmic insists upon tearing everything down in order to design from an absolutely clean slate; the automotive would plan for the free passage of the automobile at the expense of all other values; the suburban dislikes the city anyway and would just as soon destroy its density and strew it across the countryside.” Vince Scully
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2007, 4:28 PM
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Throw the Midwest into the mix. In my current hometown (Oconto, Wisconsin) we have several fine examples of Victorian architecture in both wood and brick. A few were earlier Italianate designs from the 1860s remodeled into Queen Anne or more typical Victorian styles. This Victorianizing was usually accomplished though adding a rap around front porch, a corner tower, bay windows, and sometimes modifying the roof as well. Oconto (5,000 people) is no exception to this patern. Many of the small and large cities in the Midwest that had a business heyday during the late 1800s have wonderful examples.
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