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Edwardian Vernacular

Edwardian VernacularA stripped down and sober style, this form is characterized by a return to Classical influences. Rectilinear floor plans, gable or hipped roofs and more restrained ornamentation set the Edwardian and Neo-Classical apart.

Although they were a deliberate departure from the Victorian styles, some common elements were employed.

The simple and economical Edwardian house, a vernacular interpretation of the high Neo- Classical style, quickly became the most popular residential building style in Vancouver during the first decade of the 20th century.



What to look for.....

Edwardian Vernacular Styling

  • bell cast, low hip roof with front dormer, or front gable roof with side dormers

  • typically two storeys

  • full width open front verandah with turned or square columns

  • front entrance asymmetrically placed at one side

  • bay windows

  • wide roof overhangs

  • exterior cladding in narrow boards or cedar shingles

  • ground and upper floors would often be different materials and colours

  • decorative elements included eave brackets, classically inspired mouldings and porch columns, multi-paned windows and diamond pattern leaded windows
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