Victorian in Alameda Stick-Eastlake Style
The striking thing about the Stick-Eastlake Style of Victorian is its angular appearance. There is a pleasing symmetry to the homes. There are straight lines, right angles and stick like applied ornaments adorning Stick homes. The slanted bay windows of the Italianate style are replaced with rectangular box bay windows sometimes topped with fake gables. Compared to the Italianate structures, Stick-Eastlake homes felt almost modern.
The Stick houses were built in the 1880’s and were characterized by a large, ornamental truss under the gable eaves of a house, and square bays, flat roof lines and free-style decorations. The decoration, roof line and eaves focused attention to the patterns and lines of the homes.
Eastlake houses were named after the British furniture designer for Queen Victoria, Charles Eastlake. The English Eastlake style featured more decoration styling than our Eastlake style. The Eastlke and Stick styles merged to be called "Stick-Eastlake." The Eastlake style with ornamental decorative design elements such as sunbursts, flowers, foliage, spindles and columns contributed more decorative detailing to the very plaint Stick.
About 500 Stick style homes were built in Alameda in the ‘80’s and presently about 500 remain standing.
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