Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. I am fortunate here in SW Virginia to be able to find a large number of homes still around today that exhibit that style in beautiful ways. One that stands out in Martinsville, VA is this former residence now transformed into a real estate company’s main office.
(Photos made with Fujifilm X-T100 with 50mm f/2 lens)
One type of home I love to photograph are those with a Victorian style design architecture, popular in the late 19th and early 20th Century. The name “Victorian” refers to the reign of Britain’s Queen Victoria (1837–1901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. Not only did the design include all sorts of colorful windows, peaked roofing, and intricate trim designs and scrollwork. but entrances to the home and yard often included cast iron fencing with its own unique design, crouching concrete lions, and large bells. In those times people spent a lot of time on their front porches watching sidewalk passers-by, and inviting friends to enter their front fence gate and come sit for a spell. I bet many a young boy’s pants were ripped when trying to climb over those type metal fences rather than using the gate! Today, one hardly ever sees anyone sitting on their front porch, assuming their home even has one that is functional in that regard. Many young people today probably would as, “What’s a sidewalk?”
One place I can always find some interesting photos is Danville, Virginia. The Victorian-style architecture there is unique and many old homes are being renovated. I never tire of visiting the city, fortunately just 25 miles from our home.
Danville, Virginia has some of the most beautiful original Victorian-style homes in the U.S. located on Main Street just outside the downtown portion of the city. Sadly, some of these homes have been allowed to deteriorate over the years, as the city itself has done…largely due to the decline of the textile and tobacco industry which was once an economic engine for the Commonwealth of Virginia. On the other hand, owners of many of these homes have renovated them, and others have major work underway to make them closer to what they once were. This all makes for a great photo-desitination I have visited many times. Here are several recent examples of what I am writing about.