Mid Victorian [1860 > 1875]
While retaining a similar form to its Early Victorian precursors, this era of house design is distinguished by a greater level of ornamentation. There is an increased use of stucco on exterior surfaces, while decorative brickwork is prevalent in fashionable houses of the period. Verandahs are common, usually of timber construction and often incorporate cast iron lacework and patterned tile floors.



> walls sometimes multi coloured brickwork in decorative patterns or rendered, some bluestone construction

> timber houses generally have square-edged weatherboards, sometimes with incised weatherboards simulating blocks of stonework

> decorative brackets under eaves

> windows generally timber double-hung, sometimes in tripartite format at the front



> fences timber pickets, sometimes with more complex picket heads

> for masonry buildings, fences commonly palisade-style with cast iron spears on stone plinths and ornamented end piers of stone, rendered or face brickwork, or cast iron

> in large suburban gardens this period was dominated by the planting of conifers and evergreen trees

> small gardens feature simple geometric layout



> large and elaborate skirtings, architraves, cornices and ceiling roses

> timber lining boards polished or painted

> walls usually painted, plaster, or wallpaper over plaster

> red and blue coloured glass beside entry doors




> external walls often left brown or red brick, with white or cream bricks at corners and openings

> rendered walls left natural grey or sometimes lime-washed; timber houses painted to match stone colours

> trims, roofs and verandahs use the same darker, stronger colours as Early Victorian style

> interiors painted in bands of lower wall, upper wall, ceiling, with smaller strips of highlight colours on cornices





Salmon Pink

Pink Beige

Light Buff

Light Stone





Deep Indian Red


Venetian Red

Deep Brunswick




> increased wealth from gold rush reflected in more ornate domestic architecture

> Victoria’s population increases and a middle class emerges

> local production of building materials increases with mechanisation

> property developers construct rows of freestanding and terrace housing

> Melbourne sprawls outwards along newly constructed train lines