Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Victorian Porch/ Sepia Scenes

A closeup of gingerbread details on a Victorian porch

Much of central Ontario was peopled in the 18th century by British settlers so it should not be a surprise that there's a strong Victorian influence in the homes built here back then. Some of the gingerbread (bargeboard) has survived and some has been replaced. New homes built on an old street often sport gingerbread to "fit in." And whole developments of new homes are often decorated with gingerbread too.

Sometimes new houses are so well built it's tricky to tell the old buildings from the new...except that most new houses are built of cement bricks, which are much harder than the old clay ones.

This brick house is a genuine "century home" built more than a hundred years ago. But I'm not sure how old the porch is, but I'm guessing it's much newer than the bricks.


To view other Sepia Scenes visit MaryT, theTeach at http://sepiascenes.blogspot.com

24 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi EG, I love your sepia scene. Victorian homes are just so pretty... We took pictures of some last summer when we were in Savannah, GA...

Thanks so much!
Hugs,
Betsy

PERBS said...

Beautiful capture! Back in my hometown of Pocatello, Idaho, we have a Victorian home also that is beautiful like this one. It was restored and is rented out for weddings now. I love seeing the beauty of these old homes.

RuneE said...

That was just right out of some old movie (in my mind). An excellent composition - and all.

kden said...

What beautiful brickwork, and the porch seems to fit in nicely. Great shot.

VALKYRIEN said...

Beautiful capture - and very nice job with the sepia! And I love those gingerbread detales on the porch!

And it is nice to read about the new houses being build to look like the old. Sometimes new and old kan be great together - other times not!

ewok1993 said...

Very cool shot. I have not seen a gingerbread house in sepia before, and you know what, I like it.

marLou said...

Lovely Victorian house. I like the hints of color seeping thru.

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

Very nice! I love victorian style homes. Thanks for sharing.

Ralph said...

This is a genuine Victorian. It seems to me that the authentic has the artistry over a new dwelling that is new but made to look old. The landscaping alone is what the old homesteads seem more real - like big shade trees you will never see at a new house. that only happens when the new itself becomes old...

Rambling Round said...

I like your closeup of the gingerbread trim. I think it is just elegant.

Greyscale Territory said...

This is fascinating! How I love the mystery and mystique of old buildings! Beautiful in sepia!

Jacob said...

New or not, it is very artful and great to look at, as is your photo!

Mojo said...

Hard to find the real deal trim like this anymore. Down in Beaufort (one of my favorite places on the NC coast) if you build a house in the historic district, it has to be designed and built the way that the original houses in the district are built. In other words, it doesn't have to be old, but it has to look old.

dot said...

I love the design on the porch railing. Beautiful shot!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

I love old homes. And you've captured the beauty of this home well. Thanks for the background on the immigrants.

That is the chicken said...

I really like the sepia version of this shot...I think it fits the mood of the building very well.
I like how you composed it too...it make you want to peek in through that doorway.

Becky and Gary said...

Love those bricks and love the way they arch over the window and door.
The sepia really brings out the age.
Well done EG.
B.

Tricia said...

I've gotten to where I look forward to seeing what sepia scene you have from week to week! I love your sepia shots!

Gattina said...

I like the victorian style very much ! Each time I am at the English coast I admire this architecture !

NicoleB said...

Oh, I always wanted a porch like that coming with my house :)
Beautiful!

Carletta said...

You always find the most interesting subjects to fit the meme. This is very nice - right down to the lace in the windows. Even if the porch isn't old it sure was restored or built to look that way.

My son owns a house in historic Leesburg, VA that was built to look like it had been there with all the rest.

see you there! said...

Great gingerbread details. I always enjoy looking at the Victorian homes here in the S.F. Bay Area.

Darla

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a pretty Victorian porch - it looks stunning in sepia. I wonder if a similar photo could be found in the old family albums of people who lived there long ago?

Your skywatch this week is a stunner as well!

sunnymama said...

Beautiful sepia scene. I'd love a porch like that!

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