There are so many different architectural styles of properties and influences in design that it can be tricky to distinguish what the actual property style is. The most popular architectural styles throughout the London area are Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, 1930’s & Modern.
1720 – 1820
The Georgian style is linked with the classical period of Greece and Rome, during the 18th Century the rich were getting richer and the poor were getting poorer (no change there then). The wealthy invested their money into property and land and created grand looking houses in the country as a city escape, or stately homes in the city centres, which were typically terraced town houses, all linked to look as one impressive building. The traditional look of a Georgian style property has a symmetrical exterior with decorative features such as pillars, flat or shallow roofs and red brick. Interiors were very elaborate with a wide variety of colours, the ceilings were high with a decretive rose around the chandelier in the centre and there would be marble or stone fireplaces supported with pilasters. Windows in Georgian houses were often small panelled sash windows, which slide up and down on a series of weights and pulleys and most properties had internal shutters.
1830 – 1901
In the later parts of the 18th century the industrial revolution took over, the style of properties changed and architects embraced new materials and technologies to create houses like no one had ever seen before. The battle of style began and architects went off in different directions, the mixture of styles included ‘The Gothic’ revival, where houses were made to look like castles, ‘The Queen Anne’ style which embraced princess type towers with a pointed steeple, ‘The second Empire Style’ which was inspired by French architecture and Richardson Romanesque Style. However Victorian properties do have similar characteristics including bay sash windows, wide mantelpieces on fireplaces, steep pitched roofs, multi-coloured bricks and internals walls with picture rails, dado rails and flowered wallpaper. Victorian homes make for great loft conversions and this has become very popular in recent times.
1901 – 1910
During the reign of King Edward VII, architecture took a more subtle approach compared to the Victorian era. Lighter colours were used on external walls as gas and electric lights were introduced, so there was no need to cover up the soot build up on the walls. The internal decoration was much simpler with only a picture rail and plainer wall paper. Windows were smaller leaded panels.
1890 - 1919
Translated in to English ‘Art Nouveau’ means “New art” this period of architecture was very short and quickly became unfashionable. It is rare to see this type of property in parts of the country other than London, The Apollo theatre, Barons Court Tube station and The Black Friar being just some of London’s buildings. One of the most famous art nouveau buildings is by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, in Barcelona his architecture has become a big tourist attraction including the Sagrada Família and the Casa Batlló. Architecture of this type does not follow the rules of a typical home, it is designed with an artistic imagination embracing different themes throughout the building and has an almost magical feel to the architecture.
1925 – 1939
This style was particularly popular for commercial buildings, including offices, banks, cinemas and courthouses. Typical features include a flat roof, two stories painted white or pastel colours, small round windows, curved corner walls and metal railings.
A house of this era is one of the most popular styles in the suburbs of London, after the Great War, newly affordable properties were thrown up all over London. Typical features of a 1930’s home are red clay roof tiles, a porch with a simple hood, two storey bay windows, Herringbow brickwork and galley kitchens. These days’ properties of this kind can reach up to £1 million in London suburbs, not so affordable anymore!
Modern architecture emerged at the end of the 19th century, revolutions in technology, engineering and building materials, and from a desire to break away from historical architectural styles and to invent something that was purely functional and new.
At Chase Buchanan our experienced team can distinguish any property style, we are experts in the world of property and are happy to pass on our knowledge to our customers.
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