Exuberant Victorian Era Ornament

This detail shot is of a Second Empire style house with wonderful exuberant Victorian era scroll-cut ornamental trim. The Victorian love of ornament is one of the defining characteristics of the age.

The development of steam-powered woodworking mills in the mid-19th century allowed for elaborate ornament for the homes of the expanding upper middle class. Some of the work produced was truly exceptional, like this example.

Second Empire is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style of a house and will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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