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Old 01-20-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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I always thought that the New England states had the greatest number of Victorians on the market.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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As other people on here have said, Cape May, NJ, is what pops into my mind when I think of Victorian houses.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: roaming about Allegheny City
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I have a bit of fascination with the style and am curious which city and/or city neighborhood you all feel carries the best example of Victorian housing in the United States?
Well, the answer to your question is, it depends. In my opinion, if you like the varieties of Victorian architecture known as Queen Anne, Stick, or Shingle, you should consider visiting Cape May, NJ. There you'll find some splendid examples of the former types. Also, in the Northeast, there's a little town on Long Island called Sea Cliff that is well known throughout New York and New England for its beautiful Queen Anne, Stick, Italianate, Second Empire, Eastlake, Gothic Revival, and Folk Victorians.

If you're a fan of Richardsonian Romanesque Revival, consider going to places like Chicago or other cities in the Midwest In that part of the country, in the latter part of the 19th century, Richardsonian Revival was all the rage. You'll find beautiful examples in Pittsburgh, PA and many other cities in Oh and PA, too. You'll also find this style of Victorian architecture in the Northeast, although to a slightly lesser extent.

If you love Italianate and Second Empire Victorians, you'll have to go to cities and towns, large or small, in the Northeast or Midwest. They aren't to be found in the South, as those styles were popular after the Civil War, during the South's period of Reconstruction. New York City has beautiful examples of Second Empire architecture, with ornate Mansard roofs; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and to a lesser extent, the smaller cities in PA like Reading and York to, too. Also, many of the cities in upstate NY (e.g., Buffalo, Rochester, Albany) feature a plethora of Second Empire and Italianate architecture.
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Well, I doubt anyone will care because it's not in the US, but Toronto has probably the largest stock of Victorian homes in North America. Very different aesthetic from San Fran's Victorians - mostly brick instead of wood, and primarily built in the bay-and-gable style - but Toronto's neighbourhoods are filled with beautiful Victorian architecture, and plenty of Edwardian as well.

Someone in this thread mentioned Cabbagetown, and while that area does have some of the finest examples in the city, there are much bigger neighbourhoods that are made up mostly of Victorian and Edwardian homes: the Annex, Parkdale, Harbord Village, Riverdale, Palmerston, Dundas West, Kensington Market, Baldwin Village, Brockton Village and many others, mostly in the West End.
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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The Old West End neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio is notorious for its Victorian architecture.

"The Old West End is a historic neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio and is considered to be 'the largest neighborhood of late Victorian, Edwardian, and Arts & Crafts homes east of the Mississippi.' "

Old West End - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:31 PM
 
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Angelino Heights in Los Angeles is one of the best preserved and beautiful victorian
neighborhoods in the nation


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Old 04-21-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Nobody has mentioned Astoria, Oregon. It's like a mini San Francisco, replete with a bay with a giant bridge, an infusion of hipsters and assorted weirdos and liberals (most from Portland though), steep hills, gorgeous views, and of course tons of beautiful Victorian homes. It's one of my favorite places in the world. Perhaps there are better examples of Victorian towns/cities/neighborhoods out there, but Astoria must be mentioned as a major West Coast center of well-preserved Victorian architecture.

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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Well, I doubt anyone will care because it's not in the US, but Toronto has probably the largest stock of Victorian homes in North America. Very different aesthetic from San Fran's Victorians - mostly brick instead of wood, and primarily built in the bay-and-gable style - but Toronto's neighbourhoods are filled with beautiful Victorian architecture, and plenty of Edwardian as well.

Someone in this thread mentioned Cabbagetown, and while that area does have some of the finest examples in the city, there are much bigger neighbourhoods that are made up mostly of Victorian and Edwardian homes: the Annex, Parkdale, Harbord Village, Riverdale, Palmerston, Dundas West, Kensington Market, Baldwin Village, Brockton Village and many others, mostly in the West End.
I agree, Toronto has spectacular Victorian rowhouse housing stock. A lot of Southern Ontario towns are real gems for Victorian architecture as well.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:46 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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I agree, Toronto has spectacular Victorian rowhouse housing stock. A lot of Southern Ontario towns are real gems for Victorian architecture as well.
Also Montreal has lots of impressive Victorian rowhouses.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Id love to see Victorian architecture make a come back. Some of the older homes in the LA area are full of Victorian archetecrure. It has a lot more character and flavor than these lame tract and ranch houses that were built after WWII
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