Monday, January 23, 2012

Tudor Revival

In 1929 the Fleck brothers had this Tudor Revival style house built in Shaughnessy. Nearly twenty years after the first home was built in this architectural style residents of the district returned to the safe, familiar, acceptable look.

(I realize this looks like two different homes almost but it isn't.Since the home was on a corner I managed to get photos of the back of the mansion as well.)

I have written on the Fleck Brothers before while showing warehouse buildings in Gastown. The brothers were dealers in machinery and industrial supplies.

The Tudor Revival style of architecture is characerized simple, rustic features the imitate the country houses and medieval cottages of England.

This style first manifested itself in the United Kingdom during the mid to late 19th century. It was in response to ornate Victorian Gothic of the second half of the 19th century.

One of the first example of this architectural style was designed by Scottish born architect Norman Shaw. Cragside is a hilltop mansion in Britain that incorporates eclectic architectural styles but has certain Tudor features.

Just to make things interesting this style was promptly named Queen Anne but  in reality it combined a revival of Elizabethan and Jacobean design details including mullioned and oriel windows. Later the style began to incorporate the classicising pre-Georgian features that made the architecture more widely known as Queen Anne in Britain. However in the US and probably Canada the style has evovled into something that is not as easily recognizable as either Queen Anne or Tudor.

Did you find that confusing? I did and I researched it and wrote it! So all around the same time we have a Queen Anne style of architecture that is similar to the Tudor Revival. So similar that they are often confused with one another. Then we have confusion on whether a house is in the Queen Anne style or was built during the reign of Queen Anne. Well those are questions for another time because I don't have the answers.

I hope you find the beauty around you.
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