When Washington State was just starting to come into its own, there were certain architectural styles that came with it. Ornate Victorian mansions were among the initial styles to be built by some of the region's wealthiest landowners and businesspeople, including the Yeslers, Dennys, Borens, and Blaines, in Seattle and beyond.
Even our less-opulent housing had ornate Victorian details—for example, a long-gone set of rowhouses in Belltown.
After the Great Seattle Fire, styles slowly shifted towards Romanesque, Tudor and Foursquare construction. While Washington homes moved on, there's still quite a few of those Victorian beauties left standing and at any given moment, and some of them are on the open market.
And, of course, the older they get, the harder they are to find. The last Victorian homes built in a vaguely Victorian era are just about 110 years old, so keep an eye out for them while you can. (They’ll always be a little easier to find in Port Townsend, though.)
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