Design of the Period House - 1830-1869

The middle decades of the 19th century saw the decline in the use of Classical features and the rise of Gothic, moving from round-topped windows and shallow pitched roofs, to pointed arched windows and steeply pitched roofing.

The neo-Gothic architectural and decorative style was in its heyday between 1855 and 1875.

However, Classical features kept returning in the 1830s and in the 1850s with French-style towers, turrets and domes. The 1850s and 1860s saw the architectural style called variously 'Italianate', 'Roman', 'Romantic Classicism' or 'Free Renaissance', as popularised by Queen Victoria's Osborne House.

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