What Sort of House Would Jane Build? — 16 Comments

  1. Thank you for this post about the architecture of the regency era. I found it very interesting and informative. Neoclassical, yes the female gowns of the era, now that you pointed it out, remind me of ancient Greece.

    • Very much the waistline of the peplos you see draping the ancient Greek sculptures. If you look at the hair and compare it to the female statues, you’ll find similarities as well. It was interesting that Neoclassical threw back to ancient Greece and Rome and then immediately after came Romanticism, which loved anything exotic. It all kind of led into each other and you still had a few overlapping themes–just different expression. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks, Deborah!

  2. Leslie, how fun! I love any discussion of architecture. It is interesting that you didn’t add the Palladian window that is another way to identify the style. Although if you drove through any upscale development around Atlanta, everything would be Palladian. You could do an architectural tour of Jane Austen sights….I would sign up. Thanks for the great morning read!

    • Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it! This post was so difficult to write since Georgian architecture can be broken down into so many sub-categories. I have actually had this piece sitting on my desktop since before I was a member here (I initially wrote it for a guest post last year). I went back and re-read it last week just to realise that I wouldn’t be able to include more without writing a book. 🙂 Palladio influenced so much–especially during that time.

      An architectural tour of Jane Austen sites would be fun. I know her house in Chawton was very interesting when I took Jane Hurst’s walking tour. How it changed over the years as well as the extra layer of brick tiles over the one side of the house all made for a fascinating architecture lesson!

      Thanks, Maggie!

    • I’ve always found them really interesting. As a culture, we recycle older styles from time to time so it’s interesting to me that it was popular even then. Art and architecture are so influenced by the politics, foreign relations, and cultures of the time period and Regency is such a small time frame that it’s hard to discuss just the architecture there without including the entire Georgian era. I’m just glad y’all have enjoyed it! Thanks, Michelle!

  3. Love these pics. Just give the girl a beautiful house with a garden and a large library and I know she will be happy.

  4. It’s a shame Jane never lived to make any money from her wonderful books. If she had I am sure she wold have bought one of those beautiful houses – I know I would love a Palladian house myself! Thanks for this post Leslie 🙂

    • I agree about Jane! I do think she would be amused at how much of a fan base she has now. Of course, she didn’t really want the recognition. She liked being anonymous. Thanks, Glynis!

  5. Great post Leslie! So many details! I think Jane would love a Georgian manor home with a good prospect! I would love one with a prospect of lake with a bit of woods in the distance!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Personally, I think Jane would be overwhelmed by something too big. Perhaps a nice Longbourn size manor house with the pretty prospect? 🙂 Thanks, Carole!

  6. Both houses seem so intense in comparison with how I see Jane! They’re heavy and foreboding. But that’s a modern me speaking, and not someone who lived with that architecture and accepted it as the norm, the style. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Leslie!

    • I don’t see Jane going for something so large. They are just such good examples of what was built at the time from the beginning of the Palladian/Georgian architectural time to the end–where it began and ended. Out of the two homes, I actually prefer Ickworth for the house and Stourhead for the grounds. It’s a bit odd probably, but I will admit that it likely has to do with the art inside Ickworth. Thanks, Suzan!

  7. Interesting but I know I will never have that chance to stroll around and observe. We here in America have few examples of any of these early architectural styles. Oh there are a few but you really have to look for them. I am sure Jane would have kept her house simpler. Yes, the mansions of Rhode Island, Washington DC and those of the south which survived the Civil War might give you some examples. But once you’re west of the Mississippi it becomes much more rare than even those.

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