Nineteenth-century History

Houses in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

Berkeley House Dining Room in 1900

Berkeley House Dining Room in 1900

This multi-part series will examine middle-class houses during Fin-de-Siècle Britain, specifically looking at general tendencies in architecture, architectural features, façades, floor plans, as well as interior design in the homes of this period.

1: Project Announcement

2: Introduction to Styles of Architecture in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain

3: House Architecture in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

4: Architectural Features of the Home

5: Trends in the Design of Domestic Façades

6: Floor Plans and the Layouts of Houses

7: The Interior in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

8: Conclusion

Bibliography

Secondary sources: books and monographs

Cannon, John, Oxford Dictionary of British History (Oxford, 2009)
Ensor, Sir Robert, England: 1870-1914 (Oxford, 1990)
Fellows, Richard, Edwardian Civic Buildings and their Details (Oxford, 1999)
Ferry, Kathryn, The Victorian Home (Oxford, 2011)
Flanders, Judith, The Victorian House (London, 2004)
Gore, Alan and Ann, The History of English Interiors (Oxford, 1991)
Hockman, Hilary, Edwardian House Style: An Architectural and Interior Design Source Book (Devon, 2001)
Horn, Pamela, Life in the Victorian Country House (Oxford, 2010)
Lloyd, Nathaniel, A History of the English House (London, 1931)
Long, Helen, The Edwardian House (Manchester, 1993)
Morgan, Kenneth O., The Oxford History of Britain (Oxford, 2010)
Muthesius, Stefan, The High Victorian Movement in Architecture 1850-1870 (London, 1972)
Service, Alastair, Edwardian Architecture: A Handbook to Building Design in Britain 1890-1914 (London, 1977)
Summerson, John, The Architecture of Victorian London (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1976)
Summerson, John, The Turn of the Century: Architecture in Britain around 1900 (Glasgow, 1976)
Wilson, A.N., The Victorians (London 2003)
Yorke, Trevor, The Edwardian House Explained (Cambridge, 2008)
Yorke, Trevor, The Victorian House Explained (Cambridge, 2012)

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