Architectural styles through the Decades



Since the founding of the city of Perth WA in 1829, the architectural styles and engineering of buildings have changed dramatically. For example, the early colonists were from England, therefore building styles in Perth and Australia often reflected these architectural styles.


1829-1830’s Early Georgian Architecture

The common characteristics of old Georgian buildings could be seen in the plain uniformity brick walling, rectangular and prismatic shapes, symmetrical facades, and a lower pitched veranda extension.

As the town expanded, the quality and design of buildings gradually improved with more elements being added to builds both functional and aesthetic.


1875-1901 Victorian Architecture

Spurred on by the gold rush and an agricultural sector boom, the mid-19th century produced an explosion in construction, with a noticeable difference in quality and aesthetic to reflect queen Victoria’s reign.

These houses were typically made of brick, exposed, or rendered, with pitched roofs made from corrugated iron, tiles, or slate. They often featured picket fences with a small garden at the entrance.


1880s to 1920s – Federation Architecture

The federation refers to the federation of Australia on 1st January 1901, when the Australian colonies collectively became the commonwealth of Australia.

This style of home contained influences of Queen Anne and Edwardian style from the UK, with a signature cottage chic look.

Federation-style houses often included complex roof forms with gables, hips, and other adorning motifs. It was also common to see exposed rafter ends peaking out from under a pitched roof.


1907-1930 Californian Bungalow

Due to an article published in a Sydney Magazine in 1907 that had published pictures of some ‘quaint American homes’ the Californian bungalow style of housing was taken and adapted to suit Australian conditions. By the end of WW1, a vast majority of homes built in WA were influenced in some way by this style.

Key characteristics include freestanding single-storey houses with informal lawns and gardens. Natural materials and finishes were common along with low-pitched roofs emphasising horizontal lines covered with terracotta tiles.


1930s to 1950s – Art Deco

In the 1930’s, the post-depression period included major population growth, a second state gold boom and a yearning from the newly wealthy for modern looking home designs.

Thet Art Deco style filled this need, with characteristics embodying glamour and excitement of the latest technologies. Art Deco home designs often included the intrigue of the exotic in Mayan, Egyptian and Aztec themes.


Modern Architectural Styles

Modern contemporary architecture is currently going through a period of experimentation with many different styles available but characterised by a few shared architectural themes. Current contemporary design themes you might see in Perth include flat or raked roof lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, easy interior flow and great looking indoor to outdoor connections.

For urban environments, modern architecture will often emphasise rectilinear shapes, that are shapes that have straight sides and right angles. Other common design features will include flat roofs, spiral staircases and wall to wall and floor to ceiling glass with the garage being located under the home.

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