Federation / Late Victorian 1900 - 1910

federation / late victorian home

As the colony grew so did the size of our homes and the available pallet of materials, not only from imports but from local manufacturing. Roof lines changed encompassing more than the four rooms of the preceding symmetrical cottage and giving birth to the Villa style. [1880 - 1915] The dominant characteristic of this style was the step forward in the double front with the extended gable now containing the verandah line which in larger homes often returned down one side to another gabled side room.

A further variation was the bay window villa [1870 - 90] extending further forward from the gable end in a decorative rounded or angled projection. A multitude of fashionable dressings now appeared, lacework dominated along with greater plaster work in the form of rendered and embossed quoins, decorative corbels [under the eaves] and rendered mouldings on chimneys and quoins. We have authentic drawings and designs to suit this traditional style of fencing.

Spiked finials, dressed stone, patterned decorative gable ends and fascia boards now combined with turned timber or cast iron verandah posts supporting the first bull nose style verandahs. Twin double sash front windows replaced the simpler casement windows of the colonial cottage. The Victorian taste for ornamentation extended to gutter and roofline ridge cap friezes, leadlight and even rendered battlement parapets. Victorian homes are predominant in areas such as Adelaide City and North Adelaide, Saint Peters, Glenelg, Prospect, Unley, Parkside, Walkerville, Woodville and Cheltenham.

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