Tudor Revival

Emerging from British Late Medieval architecture, this style can be seen on residential buildings ranging from small cottages to large opulent houses. Characterized by prominent half-timbering, strong masonry foundations and tall ornate chimneys, the Tudor Revival is closely associated with both the Victorian and Arts & Crafts styles.

The half-timbering found on this type of house is derived from Elizabethan England, where heavy timber structural frames were infilled with masonry panels. Jerkin-head gabled or half-hipped roofs are sometimes used. This building type became popular in Vancouver and Victoria between 1900 and the 1930s.

What to look for….

  • popular in Canada due to political and cultural ties to Britain
  • used for houses and apartment blocks
  • steeply pitched roof
  • upper storey elements projected over lower storeys
  • high contrast half-timbering used as cladding and applied to gable ends
  • cedar shingles sometimes used as cladding
  • brick or stone foundation
  • masonry chimneys provided strong vertical elements
  • tall narrow windows in groups of three or more
  • stained glass and leaded ‘lights’ or windows common