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Tudor Revival

Tudor RevivalEmerging from British Late Medieval architecture, this style can be seen on residential buildings ranging from small cottages to large opulent houses. Characterized by prominent half-timbering, strong masonry foundations and tall ornate chimneys, the Tudor Revival is closely associated with both the Victorian and Arts & Crafts styles.

The half-timbering found on this type of house is derived from Elizabethan England, where heavy timber structural frames were infilled with masonry panels. Jerkin-head gabled or half-hipped roofs are sometimes used. This building type became popular in Vancouver and Victoria between 1900 and the 1930s.



What to look for....

  • popular in Canada due to political and cultural ties to Britain

  • used for houses and apartment blocks

  • steeply pitched roof

  • upper storey elements projected over lower storeys

  • high contrast half-timbering used as cladding and applied to gable ends

  • cedar shingles sometimes used as cladding

  • brick or stone foundation

  • masonry chimneys provided strong vertical elements

  • tall narrow windows in groups of three or more

  • stained glass and leaded 'lights' or windows common
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