Wednesday, November 3, 2010

G/ Alphabe-Thursday

Gingerbread trim around the top  of a porch on a home built more than a century ago

Gingerbread (also known as bargeboard)  is decorative trim found in places such as porches, dormers and gables on late 19th century Victorian architecture.

Gingerbread on gable over two windows 

Gingerbread is easily found on homes in most small towns in southern and central Ontario.

Gingerbread  on dormer over a door onto second-storey porch


I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

40 comments:

Michelle said...

We have a 1950's version of gingerbread trim on our house. It isn't as beautiful as the examples you showed.

Halcyon said...

A very cute idea for the G day!! I love those Victorian details.

Re winters: My husband is German and we split our time between Berlin and Paris before moving to Jackson. So I've got plenty of warm stuff. Just hope I can find it!!!

Do you know Ajax at all? That is where my husband will be working. We have not decided yet whether to live in GTA or perhaps Ajax area. It's all very exciting though.

Rebecca said...

Pretty details.

Strummed Words said...

Thanks for explaining gingerbread. Will look more closely the next time I go into Toronto and surrounding areas!

Shirley said...

Don't you just love those little architectural details that were so popular back then? Now houses are more "cookie cutter" as I call them. Too bad.

Sally in WA said...

I love the intricasies of some of the gingerbread houses. Imagine the patience the craftsmen had to have to cut those designs out.

cieldequimper said...

I didn't know it had such a lovely name! It reminds me of the houses on the Baltic sea!

RedPat said...

I particularly like the 2nd pic but they are all great gingerbread examples.

Elisa said...

This house, it looks wonderful!
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jabblog said...

Oh, how pretty - the trim really makes the houses look out of the ordinary.

clairz said...

Our little town in New Hampshire had lots of examples of very plain Colonial-era architecture, but our friends had a small house with gingerbread on the gable ends. I believe they said it was called "carpenter gothic." It was very charming and unusual for that town. I always thought it such a sweet house.

Thank you for these lovely photos and for the ones below of your garden in November.

Mary said...

Especially love the first example~ what gorgeous detail!

Tracy said...

I find it amazing what builders and craftsmen did all those years ago

Jackie said...

fascinating gingerbread house Lol!

Viola said...

Gingerbread.. I think it's first time my eyes get to see that.. Lovely! I truly like the wall bricks on the house #2 as well! :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Whew, I'm glad you didn't have pictures of gingerbread cake, it's just too close to dinnertime for that...

lovely photos..

Farmchick said...

I really like the detail on the house. I like the red brick/white trim contrast.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Oh! I do love Victorian Gingerbread architecture! The examples you shared are great photos. Lots of homes in Historic Texas Cities have Gingerbread and Victorian Styles. A Grrr88tt Letter G Post.

Nora Johnson said...

Great gingerbread architecture! And great post too!

XOXO LOLA:)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Gingerbread dresses up any home. I love the look of it.

Becky and Gary said...

Lots of beautiful trim. I love looking at old victorian homes. Kind of wish I lived in one.
B.

Genie said...

What a neat take on the letter G. We have one home here in town with gingerbread trim, and it the dearest OLD home in town. Everytime I drive past it I think I would love to live there.

Jo said...

i love gingerbread ... so detailed and pretty!

Elizabeth said...

You know, I don't think I ever knew it was referred to as gingerbread trim. Learn something new each day! Great photos :)

Randy said...

And here I thought it was just for eating! Nice photos.

George said...

These are great examples of gingerbread on these wonderful homes.

LD said...

That's so interesting. Looks like lace. We have a few Victorians buildings in Pacific Grove with that sort of detail. My how times have changed!

Paulie said...

Beautiful gingerbread work on each!

Gattina said...

I love this decoration ! It looks so cosy and nice !

My name is PJ. said...

Gorgeous, Glam and Glorious!!!

Francisca said...

I never knew that it was called gingerbread trim... or bargeboard. But it does add charm to these Victorian homes.

paige said...

I love that. Never knew it was called that, though. Now I want to bake a gingerbread house.

Sue said...

Wonderful photos.

I do love gingerbread...both eating it AND the trim!

=)

PS. It is also my favorite candle scent.

Jenny said...

Oh, I love gingerbread trim on a house.

It is so fanciful and happy and just makes me smile.

And your lovely post for Alphabe-Thursday did just that. I can imagine those houses through the years enchanting everyone who sees that beautiful architecture.

Thank you for linking. This was a GGGGGGreat post!

A+

Judie said...

I have always dreamed of living in a Victorian home with gingerbread! Beautiful examples! Thanks!

Terra said...

I don't get to see anything like that where I live...thanks for sharing

Cheryl said...

We have loads of these hidden in the nooks and crannies of our little city. These photos are terrific. Great idea for G.

Pondside said...

There's no place like southeastern Ontario for great gingerbread viewing!

H said...

When I saw the link to gingerbread, I was expecting recipes. This was cool! I had no idea the bargeboard was also known as gingerbread or that it was comonly decorative. This is a style of architecture we don't really see much in England.

Fascinating post. Thank you :)

Rose said...

I love seeing all the different gingerbread trim....

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