Victorian Filigree


1840 – 1890

This period named after the English monarch, Queen Victoria and was one of affluence for Australia, which was growing its national wealth through agriculture, grazing and gold.

New manner of production and building materials allowed for adventurous architectural design and decoration which used larger sheets of glass allowing larger windows, stained glass decorative enhancements to fixtures and fittings along with changes in roofing material, chimneys and iron lace.

Renaissance and Baroque influenced the Victorian architectural movement which abandoned the symmetrical facades of the Georgian period. Grandiose Renaissance columns and adornments reflected the assertiveness of confidence of the period.

The Victorian era saw the emergence of Classical, Filigree, Georgian, Second Empire, Italianate, Victorian Gothic and Tudor architectural styles.