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Victorian Homes of Olympia, Washington

Updated on August 1, 2012
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So what exactly is a Victorian home? The term “Victorian Style” is loosely based on a particular style of architecture that became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837 and 1901. As the style moved from England to the United States there were several sub-types that arose, namely Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire and Stick-Eastlake.

By the end of the 19th Century the Queen Anne style became popular and there was quite a bit of overlap between the two styles.


VICTORIAN SUB-TYPES

The Greek Revival style were mostly symmetrical and had understated moldings and heavy cornices. These were quite popular between 1825-1850.

The Gothic Revival was inspired by medieval castles and featured tall pinnacles and parapets. This style was popular between 1840-1880.

The Italianate style was popular between 1840-1890 and featured asymmetric floor plans, flat roofs and sought to appear like a country villa.

Second Empire homes were taller, slimmer, and highly-ornate in character and style. Most were built between 1855 and 1885 and this style was very popular in San Francisco as that city grew. They also featured mansard roofs, or roofs that had two slopes and were flat on top.

Stick-Eastlake homes were more muted and had uncluttered lines and came into prominence between 1860 and 1890.


QUEEN ANNE HOMES

The main difference in Queen Anne homes was in the detail. Posts would have attractive patterns carved into them. Intricate artwork on the upper half of a wall was common and carved wooden decorations were often found on the outside, as well as steep gables and conical roofs. You would also often see large balconies gracing the upper floors.


PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER AND YOU HAVE?????

Well, you have somewhat of a mish-mash, especially in the United States. To say a home in the U.S. is a Victorian is a little like saying a person is white. There is a whole lot of wiggle room in that description and it can encompass quite a bit.


THE VICTORIANS OF OLYMPIA

Michael Simmons and George Bush (no, not that George Bush) and a group of pioneers established the town of New Market in the Washington Territory in 1846. New Market eventually became the city of Tumwater, sitting on the banks of the Deschutes River.

Also in 1846, Edmund Sylvester and Levi Smith laid claim to property three miles north of New Market, a spot that is now downtown Olympia, on the banks of Puget Sound.

As settlers continued to arrive, homes were built in the Victorian style. Only a few still remain in Olympia today. Many of the original homes built during that time were torn down in favor of commercialization. Luckily, six still remain, and they are a joy to see on a Sunday drive.


2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love VIctorian homes. There was streets of them in Galveston, and we were there often when living in Texas. Now I know that Olympia has a lot. Great job in explaining the different ones. As always a great hub and voted up.

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      Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      It is so sad that only a few Victorians remain in Olympia. I love historic homes and wish more people valued them enough to keep them. It kills me to see them torn down or abandoned. Wonderful hub. Love the pictures.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I love them too; it is sad that so many were torn down here, but at least we have these six lovely ladies remaining.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Growing up we actually lived right next door to old fashioned Victorian house complete a wrap around porch and barn. This house was one of the first to be built in our area and ended up being labeled a historical landmark believe it or not. I always loved that house for all it's rustic charm. Thanks for making me think of my childhood and days gone by on this article. It is truly sad only a few of these type of house still do exist and thanks for sharing about these beautiful houses. Voted and shared too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Modern, I agree with you completely! We need to hold onto our history as much as possible. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are so nice! I really don't like doing evergreen hubs, but I'm forcing myself out of my comfort level. Thank you for taking the time to read. They really are beautiful homes!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, you do well with evergreen hubs! I do love Victorian homes. I would read this just for the photos! I have always loved the Victorian style and do incorporate some of the decorating ideas--and old furniture--in my house. Great hub. Well done!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy... I loved these Victorian homes.. You are so right.. I think they are so lovely.. wonderful hub my friend.. we have a few around here.. but just a few so sad..

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I've always wanted a Victorian home but wound up with a ranch house. We bought it as a temporary place to live....41 years ago!

      Lovely pictures. Voted up, useful, and interesting. I love the way you gave our American background.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, thanks...my heart just isn't in them I'm afraid....but I'll keep trying to find my voice while writing them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Debbie....it is sad...I hate to see this part of our history leave. Thank you Debbie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Mary, I guess it all depends on your definition of 'temporary.' LOL I hear these homes are tough to heat, but despite that, they are beautiful! thank you my friend!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well...the secret has been out for some time now.......People are really beginning to feel like they repeat themselves incessantly when commenting on billybuc's hubs........

      .KUDOS, Cheers, compliments, "Fabulous Hub," "Inspiring, interesting, awesome.....magnificent!"

      I'm sure one never tires of hearing this.....(I wouldn't KNOW for sure)....so, per this hub about Victorian Homes, which I LOVE...the hub AND the Homes.....and all the neat info you added......Could you just read any one or all of my former comments, to any one or all of your hubs???? because, really bill....I'm just going to repeat myself!!.......................................UP +++

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Interesting architectural class directly from Olympia. Been in Argentina and Mexico, and have seen the influence of the Victorian Style. Some Churches had to adpt to the style as well. Love the combinating style, there is more space and unique surroundings. Thanks from bringing to us that Olympia that we mever saw. Great hub Billy!

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      sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

      There are many beautiful Victorian homes in Pennsylvania and small New Jersey towns....Cape May, NJ a quaint coastal town still has many very nice "Victorian" homes. They were always wonderfully mysterious to me as a young girl. Great hub!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Thanks for sharing this evergreen hub on Victorian Houses! There are not many arund where I love, so it always nice to see pictures of others. You made this hub interesting, so kudos to you buddy! Fascinating read, I didn't know there were so many types of these houses.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, that is the sure sign of a friend...positive no matter what I post. I'm not real fond of my ability to do evergreen hubs, but I've challenged myself to do one per week and this is the weekly special. I don't think I do these well but I do appreciate you taking the time to view it. What a great buddy you are!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, thank you my friend. I do think they are beautiful homes. You have so many more of them on the east coast; I'm kind of jealous. San Francisco has a ton of them, but alas, we only have six remaining.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sallie, we are a little short-changed here in the Northwest. Our history didn't start until the Victorian homes were almost out of style, so we have far-fewer. Sad because I think they are beautiful. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, to be honest with you, I had no idea there were different varieties of Victorians. We both learned something from this Hub. :) Thank you for the visit and kind words. These are not my favorite hubs to do.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub! I pinned the 3rd photo as my dream home! Absolutely beautiful ^_^

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Beautiful! Beautiful! I absolutely LOVE these fabulous "painted ladies." So much attention to detail; such elegance, grace and craftsmanship..artisans created these gorgeous structures! I've had an Italianate home, a little Crafsman cottage (not Victorian), and a very simple one about which everyone says is "Victorian," but I'm not so sure about that. I moved to SE Kansas in search of a beautiful, incredible home that was 'bought right out from under me' by a competitor. So, I 'bought the farm,' instead. Ha.

      What a great hub, Billybuc...great information, beautiful pictures. I just love these homes . Kathy

      UP Useful, Beautiful, Awesome & Interesting

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Beautiful hub! I love Victorian homes, wish I had one. They look so cozy. Another interesting hub from you Bill, keep them coming:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mama, that is my favorite one too; you have good taste! :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, you are just bubbling over with your personality! I love it! You just seem like a very positive human being. How big is your farm? I sure hope there are no tornadoes this year; that's the one thing about living in Kansas I could do without out.

      These are great homes for sure; I hope that most communities make sure that they protect these beauties so generations to come can marvel at their craftsmanship.

      Thank you my friend; it is always a pleasure to have you visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, thank you! This was just a throw-together hub about something I really enjoy. Glad you liked it!

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      Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      LOL! This is beautiful! Contrary to popular belief.. Seattle is NOT the capitol of Washington.. Olympia is! I love these old homes! Good job Bill!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi BillyBuc...My little 10 acre farm is about 80 miles due north of Tulsa; just above and a little to the west of Independence, ks. Right now, it is terribly hot, dry; a very difficult time. My Ks. animal sanctuary is there...

      I have to tell you; in my hometown, I was very instrumental in saving one of the most beautiful Victorians in the entire city; it was scheduled for demolition (several decades ago) or to be shipped down the river for scrap material. A number of us gathered together and lobbied/spoke/presented and wrote in behalf of the structure....Yea! it was rescued; moved about 3 blocks, placed on a corner lot, restored (NOT remodeled!) and is now the home of several, very respectful office holders..it remains one of the most fabulous Victorians. I'll try to find a picture it in the archives. Kathy

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Very beautiful pictures. Ya know, if I didn't live in the country, I'd live in the small town that my hubby grew up in, in one of the Victorian houses near main street. I love the style, though it's different and varied. The more round windows, curvy eaves, crazy colors and hidden balconies, the better. *sigh* I love these!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Candie, I have run into people who have never heard of Olympia. I find that amazing! To many, there is only one city in Washington and that is Seattle. Sigh!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, why is it I thought you lived in California? Oh well, ten acres sounds wonderful to me. I am tired of city life and need some fresh air and land.

      Hooray for you for saving that Victorian. You are a person I would be very comfortable with; love your passion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, it is very hard not to love these grand old homes. It is a way of life that is disappearing and I hope people make an effort to save as many of these as possible. Thank you lil' Sis!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the old Victorian style homes. There are still a few in Evansville, In. along the Ohio river walkway. I love to walk there. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I've not visited Olympia, but these fabulous images make me feel like I took a peep through a window. It would be a shame not to protect such historical beauties.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I see I'm not the only one who loves an old Victorian home, judging by these comments. They have so much character. When I was little, my Uncle John bought a Victorian in York, PA and restored it. It was a play haven for young kids, with all it's hidey-holes, laundry shoots, etc. This home had stained glass windows, a wrap around porch, bay windows, an attic converted to 3 bedrooms and tons of square footage. That old house holds great memories for me.

      I'll take house number three above, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, #3 is indeed the pick of the litter. I love Victorians for the reasons you listed....all the nooks and crannies....they now make "new" Victorians...in the same style but without the character if you know what I mean...and I'm sure you do. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tobusiness, I agree with you, it would be a monumental shame. Thank you my friend; this isn't my best work but I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I had no doubt you would enjoy Victorians...they are magnificent homes and a taste of the old days. Thank you my dear lady.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      There...I believe in persistence!

      I love this hub - I could read about styles of homes all day. You did a fabulous job - it's hard to describe details about home differences. Like the roofs! So detailed - I love Victorians! I'd love to have one but there aren't many here - except the older parts of the city. Quite expensive here!

      Excellent!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The Queen Ann Homes looks so pretty. It is nice to have names now to put to the styles - a good, educational hub Bill! I vote up, useful, and sharing as well.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      What? Washington State has more than One city!

      Seriously, I love the looks of the old homes. They are very inefficient and usually have old wiring and plumbing (Unless Modernized) but they are a part of history!

      We have a couple of them here in the town I live in and they have been very well taken care of.

      Well done Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Kelly! I think they are expensive no matter what part of the country you live in. They are beautiful homes for sure but the devil to heat in the winter. Thanks for your persistence! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Christy; I'm glad some people enjoyed this hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mark; not my kind of hub and I'm always left wanting more after I write one of these, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the Victorian style. These houses are popular in the south. Where I grew up in PA there were nothing but rows of coal houses so they are just so nice to look at. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I would imagine that after looking at coal houses a Victorian would look like heaven right here on Earth. Thank you my friend, as always.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful article, Bill. I love Victorian homes. Thanks for an interesting and informative piece. I didn't now about the different styles and types of Victorian homes. Your photos are lovely and do the homes justice. Just beautiful. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you! I'm not comfortable doing hubs like this, but I'm glad people found it interesting! Oh, and thank you for the follow. Much-appreciated!

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      Starmom41 4 years ago

      nice hub- and impressive pics!!!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      A neat look at these Victorian homes. Thanks for sharing some info and your photos. The details of these buildings are fabulous!

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      RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

      I love your hubs almost as much for the comments they engender as for the content that provokes them. Great photos, too. I love older homes even though it's very hard to pigeon-hole some of the architecture.

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      MazioCreate 4 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

      Fantastic photos and information about these homes billybuc. It is wonderful when even the smallest part of a town's history can be saved.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Gorgeous homes! I love victorian houses with all their nooks and crannies. :) Thanks for sharing with us Chief :P

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Starmom; I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RTalloni, I agree with you; they are fabulous! Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RedElf, I really appreciate that! I never feel that I write these evergreen hubs well, but I'll keep working at it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mazio, I agree; this kind of history must be preserved! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I almost missed the Chief comment. LOL Thank you my friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Victorian homes are such a great reminder of an era when people had a more comfortable and simple lifestyle. My old hometown as a couple of streets with these "painted ladies" and they make such a great walking tour for the town.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Only 6 left that is really to bad. We have lots here. Our daughter lives in a Victorian. Our granddaughter use to own one also. They are so beautiful and so interesting inside. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up.

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      Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

      I grew up in one.Maintainace is a real issue.It was beautiful but the tiles kept on cracking,badly needed a paint job and the possums would crawl into the atic and have very loud domestic arguments{lot of scratching and screeching going on-sounded like there we're too many male possums and not enough female possums to keep everyone happy!But a wonderful hub.Loved it.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Great pics, In SF we also call them "Painted Ladies"

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I love Victorian homes and enjoyed this fascinating history of the different styles and their origins.

      There are quite a few Victorian homes in the historic sections of many of the small towns in Southern Delaware, including my hometown of Milford and, as you say, they are a joy to see especially when the gardens around them are in full bloom.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, we aren't as lucky here in Washington, although in Seattle there are quite a few of them still around. They are indeed lovely.

      Thank you friend; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you moonlake and yes, it is too bad. I love these homes!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nick, that had me laughing....and you are oh so right...that's one reason I would never live in one, because of the maintenance, which appears to be constant.

      thank you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mhatter, yes, San Francisco has a bounty of these beautiful homes. I can still see them in my mind from my last trip there.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shoot, Gail, I was hoping for funny! LOL You guys on the east coast have all the fun when it comes to architecture....we are a little too much old west here. :)

      Thank you my friend; I hope you are well.

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      BakingBread-101 4 years ago

      Not quite but very similar to and often mistaken for Victorian, are storybook homes, aka Hansel & Gretel homes. While there are some that look like mushrooms or shoes, etc., most have asymmetrical proportions, steeply sloped roofs with curved eaves and wave patterns in the shingles. They usually have a tower or turret with conical roof, oversized chimneys, and stone or brick inlaid in the facade. I could embellish more, but I'll leave it to billybuc to write a hub on it as likeable as this hub! Thanks billybuc!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've always been fascinated with Victorian homes and I remember touring one in Wyoming when I was little girl. We have friends in Seattle and plan to visit them early next year. Who knows, maybe I'll have a chance to see those in Olympia. Thanks for sharing your Sunday drive with us!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      We have many beautiful Victorian homes in New Jersey. I've always loved them, but can't imagine having to pay for the upkeep, heating and air conditioning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, thank you! I have heard about them, and seen pictures, but there are none in this area. I'll have to do some research. I appreciate your kind words and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, if you make it to Olympia give me a shout out....we'll meet and have our picture taken for the Hub folks. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, that is exactly the problem with them. If you are rich and can afford the upkeep, then I think it would be cool to own one....but.....I'm not rich. :) Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm not stuck on any one architectural style, but I do love the appeal of older homes. My BFF's dream home is a Victorian. Here in St. Louis there are strict rules regarding maintaining the authenticity of renovated historic homes, right down to the color of the paint on the trim. Some of the most interesting editions of "This Old House" are renovating historic homes. One episode I particularly enjoyed was a master craftsman who was driven to drink (literally) when he encountered neglect or shoddy renovations. The happiest I saw him was when he dumpster dived and emerged with a historic mantlepiece that he restored for a home he was renovating. His attention to minute details was evidence of his love and dedication to preserving the authenticity in the historic renovation of old homes. Have you checked out Lucky Cats extremely impressive adventures in restoring her "new" Victorian home? It is an amazing trip into her delight for vintage homes using her unique combination of know-how, intellect, and heart.

      Great information and gorgeous photos, Bill. You've created a modern look at the architectural nostalgia of the past that is a delight for the eyes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I love the dumpster dive reference. I used to watch that show all the time, but I haven't owned a tv in six years now so it's a little out of the question unless I want to look it up online....and where will I find the time.? LOL I know LuckyCats and will have to check that out. Thank you my dear and have a great weekend....:)

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I am incredulous at the fact you've been without TV for six years now, Bill. I fall asleep with mine on. It keeps me company all day long. Ironically, if the power goes out during the night, the silence wakes me!

      Can't believe it's Friday already. You and Bev have a great weekend, too

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I used to watch tv constantly....and then when I was up in Alaska during the winter there was nothing to do but watch tv...so when I finally left Alaska in 2006 I just said enough...it's time to do something else with my free time....so here I am six years later and don't miss it.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      How lucky you are to have these lovely homes in close proximity to you. From the photographs they seem to call out. There is a story inside of those walls, for sure, especially the third one from the top. I have never been to Washington state but one of my goals is to travel to the to states I have not visited. My sister and I plan to do so next year. Olympia's houses will be on our list. Pinned.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pstraubie, I hope when you come you let me know; we will sit over coffee as old friends do. I look forward to that....have a great weekend and thank you!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      great hub, bill.

      I love victorian homes. The ethnicity speaks volumes of such homes and they sure share quite a story (as long as it's not creepy...lol)

      many votes!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Victorian houses in the UK are very popular and expensive! they are much bigger than the properties built more recently.

      The homes in the photos look beautiful!

      A wonderful hub thank you, voting up, have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, yes, some of them do look haunted for sure. LOL....thank you my dear and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Movie, I would kill to see the UK some day.....well, not literally, but I do want to badly....the architecture alone is so worth the trip. In the meantime, this is what we have to look at so I'd best be satisfied. LOL

      Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      woooowwww!!! beautiful homes! wished i could save to build a home like that, well, not 'like that' but just like that. hehehe..anything..

      they're beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you spy; it's always lovely to have you visit.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Very cool article Bill. I love the Victorian design. These are great homes and they will probably last longer then many houses of today. I hope to own one one day, but at this point and time, any house would do:) Great information Bill, take care.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lyric, I agree, they were built to last and will probably be around another hundred years. Thank you and best of luck finding and getting that house.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Allow me to add a few humble lines. Aside from QV never having ruled below the US-Canadian border, I can't see what the fuss is about. Over here we've got roadsful of Victorian kitsch, terraces named after 'victories' like Omdurman, Inkerman and Anyotherman in towns like Blackburn, Nottingham, Preston, York, Newcastle-upon-Tyne or Newcastle-under-Lyne. Get outside the urban sprawl and you're assailed by the grand houses 'on the hill' once belonging to the better-off, divided into dingy flats where the great unwashed now hang out. The only thing that distinguishes Victorian 'architecture' (the best examples being St Pancras Station and a swathe of hospitals and lunatic asylums) from any other is the polyglot of styles or lack of style used in their assembly. Georgian, now, is another thing altogether. Clean lines - not necessarily balanced - but they're not suited to a northern climate. Funnily enough what is suitable to the climate is concrete, steel and glass - but nobody likes that sort of thing. We could always go back to living in mud huts after divesting ourselves of credit cards, computers and tv sets. Just a thought, mind you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I love your concept....mud huts and shortwave radios...cook over an open fire....beat each other over the heads with clubs and credit cards.....a great idea my friend.

      Thanks for the suggestions! Victorians are quite a big deal over here, but then we are a bit backwards and our history is sorely lacking. :)

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      And again we didn't cross this country in wagon trains, to be attacked by whooping Cheyenne. We had the Vikings and Normans (much of a muchness) instead. You're probably safer these days with your angular, steep-roofed houses than in the wagon trains - regardless of whether Lorne Greene or Richard Widmark were in charge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan.....great line! I trust Greene over Widmark any day!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      I admire Victorian architecture and many other kinds of well-crafted architecture. I definitely voted up. Rock on, Billy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Integrity....they are beautiful homes for sure.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Well I had to check out this one as I love Victorian homes. They are so beautiful. I certainly enjoyed the hub and the beautiful photographs. I like Carpenter Gothic and Queen Anne for the wide variety of detailing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, they are, indeed, beautiful! From what I hear they are very expensive to upkeep, but still, what a lovely place to live.

      Thank you for the visit nice lady!

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