House Styles

On our streets we see a diverse range of housing styles, ranging from Early Victorian to the lesser understood Modern styles. We have attempted to provide some photos and drawings of particular styles to help you identify a house by its particular features.  Of course, thankfully, every house is different. While we have tried to identify the main styles, most houses are a mix and do not follow a style exactly.  Some are architect designed, others are designed by builders, and others by owners. You may be able to identify your exact house style or at least recognise a style that has influenced its design.

This Guide tends to focus on styles that are commonly found in NSW, however information can be provided on housing in other states upon request.

colonial georgian Colonial Georgian (1788-1850) Colonial Georgian, The Old Colonial Period
Georgian Regency Regency or Late Georgian (1825-1850) Late Georgian, Regency, Victorian Period
Victorian Gothic Victorian Gothic (1850-1880) Gothic, Victorian Period
italianate Victorian Italianate (1850-1880) Victorian Italianate, Victorian Period
late victorian Late Victorian or Boom Style (1870 – 1890) Boom Style, Filigree, Late Victorian, Victorian Period
Federation Federation Style (1901–1916) Arts and Craft, Federation Bungalow, Federation Period, Federation Queen Anne Style
colonial revival Colonial Revival (After 1912) Colonial Revival, Inter War Period
Californian Bungalow The Californian Bungalow (1920s and 30s) Inter War Period, The Californian Bungalow
spanish mission 2 Spanish Mission and Mediterranean (1924-1940) Glynn Gilling, Inter-War Period, Leslie Wilkinson, Mediterranean, Spanish Mission
Old English Old English (1915-1940) Inter War Period, Old English
ocaen liner The Ocean Liner and Streamlined Moderne Styles (1925-1950) Inter War Period, Ocean Liner, P and O, streamlined moderne
international Post War International Style (1940-1960) International Style, Post-War Period
austere Post War Austere (1945-1960) 1960s, austere, Post-War Period
Sydney School The Sydney School (60s and 70s and early 80s) 1960s, brutalism, Case Study Houses, japanese, Late Twentieth Century Period, Organic, Scandinavian, Sydney School