Victorian Conservatory Design


It was the Victorians that started the love affair with the conservatory that has continued with minor interruptions to this day. There were many reasons for this, including the abolition of Window Tax, changing technology particularly in the use of wrought and cast iron and most especially, the Great Exhibition of 1851 when the Crystal Palace was built and attracted over six million visitors.

Suddenly, people could see the opportunities for building a light airy conservatory to add to their property and more architects and designers were exposed to the design possibilities as well. What can be confusing, as Victoria reigned for over sixty years, are the many types of Victorian conservatory design that were popular while she was Queen.

Victorian Gothic Conservatories, sometimes referred to as Victorian Gothic Revival Conservatories, were the conservatory designs prevalent in the early Victorian years although the style of architecture continued to be used until the end of the 19th century and beyond. The style was influenced by the work of Pugin and Ruskin, most familiar in design of the Palace of Westminster in London.

The confusingly named Queen Anne Architecture, was popular in England and the USA in the last quarter of the 19th century, along with Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts designs.

A Queen Anne Conservatory will be characterised by the use of design features that include; a complicated, asymmetrical shape; a front-facing gable, a tower in the shape of a raised roof-lantern, a steep roof and textured wall surfaces and patterned masonry on dwarf walls.

Depending on the type of property you own, one of these Victorian Conservatory Design styles should suit your home, but you should discuss this with your conservatory designer to ensure you achieve a design that complements your home, lifestyle, decoration and furnishings.

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