Victorian Architecture 101:Visit Sea Cliff!
A Towering Gable
The towering gable in this home has a pointed roof, which is a defining characteristic of Victorian architecture. This clever use of space adds both character & function to this Victorian home.
Elaborate Interior Design
Contrasting Paint Colors
The shutters in this home contribute to the decorative trim. The contrast in color is a defining characteristic of Victorian architecture. In the 1880s, people started painting with blues, greens, purples, & yellows because of the advent of synthetic paint.
A "Painted Lady" Style
“Painted lady” is a term used to describe a Victorian home that is painted with three or more colors. This design choice highlights particular parts of the architecture. In this case, the shingles & the decorative wood trim are highlighted by the contrasting colors.
Victorian houses often times have an asymmetrical shape, using certain wings of the house and bay windows to break up the predictable shape of the home. This is in contrast to the Greek Revival style, which has balanced columns and a predictable shape throughout. The front-facing gable of this home is striking in its position that extends beyond the front of the house.
A North Shore Schools Community Project
In 2014, North Shore School District students & alumni completed construction of this beautiful Victorian structure at the front of North Shore High School. Under the careful guidance of Technology teacher Bruce Fichtman, students in the LI Studies (LIS) Program worked with talented community volunteers to complete this structure that is now home to the multi-media program at North Shore High School. Students studied Carpenter Gothic style Victorian architecture to prepare for this project.
Design Extended Beyond the Home - Quintessential Sea Cliff!
A key element of Victorian architecture is the detail of the design. This philosophy extends to the hand-made, wrought-iron fence at the front of this property. Sea Cliff has a rich tradition that values the arts, and many residents appreciate and celebrate design details like this beautiful fence.
Textured Decorative Shingles
The textured shingles across the front of this home are punctuated with paint that contrasts with the majority of the color. The subtle paint on the columns of the porch pull in the color from the rest of the home. This house also has the unbalanced, single-story front porch characteristic of Victorian architecture.
Complimentary Paint & Woodworking
The whimsical paint on this beautiful Victorian Sea Cliff home extends to the fence. The beautiful fence is punctuated by this wrought-iron gate. The detailed design that is carved into the fence is repeated throughout the property, giving a sneak-peak into the beautiful water view beyond this home.
Large Wraparound Porches
Large, wraparound porches are characteristic of Victorian architecture. Often times, ornamental spindles & brackets enhance the decorative theme. In Sea Cliff, many residents use their front porches as an extension of living space for their home. This allows neighbors to socialize in a friendly way as people walk through town.
A Classic Sea Cliff Home - Restored!
This restored Victorian home in the heart of Sea Cliff has it all: single-story front porch, creative pastel paint, detailed wood-work, textured shingles patterned throughout the exterior, & asymmetrical shaped windows. To read Tom Kaufman’s in-depth profile about this restored Sea Cliff home, click on this link.