History and Gallery of Examples
The Victorian house style achieved widespread popularity in the late 1800s. Built both as stately and modest homes, the degree of elaboration throughout this style varies greatly. The inherent qualities, however, were kept consistent thanks to the guidance of early pattern books used extensively by builders across the country. The evolution in construction techniques during this period allowed for greater expression of both the massing and details of Victorian-style houses. Chattanooga Victorian houses are simpler versions of this style.
All Chattanooga Victorian houses have a dominant gable front and steep roof pitches. The composition of the house can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical, but the result is always picturesque. The Victorian style has unique details and materials. Wood shingles, cut into various decorative shapes, are the most common cladding used. This style also makes use of a wide range of contrasting colors. There is generally special detailing in the gable. Porches are often tucked into the massing, and usually have unique details such as turned columns and spindle work ornamentation. The Chattanooga Victorian massing, openings, and building elements emphasizes verticality.
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