Victorian architecture means it is buildings built in the United Kingdom and former British colonies, during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901). The Industrial Revolution played a big role in the developing of this style, especially in the colonies. Most of the buildings typical of the style was built between 1840 up to the early twentieth century.
Products of the Industrial revolution is an outstanding characteristic feature of the Victorian buildings. Roofs, previously with thatch or tiles were now done in imported corrugated iron. In the colonies, like in South Africa, architecture was adapted for the climate. Broad verandas in corrugated iron often surrounded old farmstead houses.
Decorations and finishes could be ordered by the meter (or foot) from catalogs. These were imported from England.
The same went for airvents and roof decorations. Even the quaint little roof towers the Victorians loved so much could be ordered.
Local materials was often substituted into buildings to replace imported stuff like these wood work made to look like wrought iron.
Local materials like stone was often substituted for bricks.
Even floor tiles and lamps could be ordered by catalogue.
Combinations of many styles came to form the Victorian style we love today. In its time the mass produced materials were frowned upon, but today these products is highly collectable. Almost every town is South Africa do have a few of these grand Victorian ladies. Search them out and enjoy the glory of days past.