Regency or Late Georgian (1825-1850)

02 December 2013 . Tags: , ,


• Usually two-storey
• Symmetrical
• Timber-framed hipped roof with timber shingles or slate, by now replaced with corrugated galvanized steel
• Formal entrance porch
• Verandah around the front of the house and sometimes down the two sides with a roof framed in a hip or gable form
• Exterior walls plastered and grooved to imitate stone
• Parapets
• Large windows
• Doors with four, six or eight panels, fanlights sashes may be square
• Greek, Roman or medieval motifs for chimney-pieces, windows etc
• Often had elliptical bay windows
• Four rooms usually set out two deep, symmetrically arranged a front and back hall. The front rooms were often larger than the rear and sometimes further subdivided
• Detached kitchen and scullery still common

Regency style is a more elaborate form of Colonial Georgian architecture, designed by architects or builders and influenced by Palladian architecture, popular in Europe at the time. Later homes in this period were influenced by neoclassical and gothic architecture. The wealthy built romantic houses of stone in the Regency Gothic style using British pattern books.

Elizabeth Bay House, built between 1835 and 1839 and designed by John Verge,

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