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Victorian Conservatory

conservatory-designsVictorian architecture can relate to a number of different architectural styles prevalent in Queen Victoria’s long reign. In conservatory design the most usual forms are the confusingly named Queen Anne style and the Arts and Crafts style.

Queen Anne Style Conservatory

A Queen Anne Style Conservatory will most likely have the following features:

  • Bay windows
  • Complicated, asymmetrical shape
  • Front-facing gable
  • Round or square towers
  • Steep roof
  • Textured wall surfaces, patterned masonry and half-timbering

Arts & Crafts Conservatory

The Arts & Crafts style of design and architecture was at its height between 1880 and 1910. It includes the Art Nouveau style and is characterised by the use of hand crafted finishes, anti-industrial processes and the lack of unnecessary decoration. An Arts & Crafts Conservatory will have all or some of the following features:

  • Asymmetrical shape
  • Exposed construction features, e.g. wooden pegs in beams, bare stone or brick interiors
  • Low roofline
  • Pebble dash finish to the external brickwork
  • And decorations and furniture influenced by William Morris or Charles Rennie Mackintosh
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