Luxury Defined celebrates the eclectic Victorian Revival movement with a collection of homes inspired by the reign of Queen Victoria, sovereign of the United Kingdom (1837–1901) and Empress of India (1876–1901).
The Victorian architect was caught up in the tensions of 19th-century British culture. The yearning for tradition, order, and the beloved past stood in sharp conflict with societal change, and the rising technology and new materials of the Industrial Age.
Thus, the Victorians cast about them, reworking classical antecedents with “contemporary” upgrades, and a multiplicity of new styles emerged: the moody medieval and Roman elements of Gothic Revival and Richardson Romanesque; the mansard roofs of Second Empire; the turrets and gables of Queen Anne; and the Craftsman precursors of Stick-Eastlake style.
New engineering technology embraced structural steel as well as the creature comforts of indoor plumbing and gas lighting. The Victorians reveled in ornamentation, classical proportions, craftsmanship and materials, yet their designs anticipated modernism.
Their 19th-century cottages, grand country estates, and elegant townhouses brought in a new age of light, air, warmth, and comfort for homes which are still vibrant, exciting living spaces for the 21st century.