Georgian Revival1920-1940

Georgian Revival Shutters Belt Course Brackets Hipped Roof Decorative Ornamentation

Georgian Revival Features

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An interwar style in Vancouver, Georgian Revivals are symmetrical two-storey houses with hipped roofs (sometimes pierced with dormers), classical detailing and, on some wide lots, projecting single-storey side wings with flat roofs and balustrades. Some have a portico sheltering the front door, often supported by columns with a small balustraded deck above. Windows are often grouped in pairs, are vertically proportioned, have wooden muntin bars and are flanked with shutters. Fanlights are common above the front door. The main floor is typically at grade. In some cases, a belt course between the two floors defines a projecting upper storey, supported by scroll brackets. Some have pilasters and quoins as well as dentils for added classical decoration. Cladding may be stucco or lap siding.


The Georgian Revival style developed from the colonial architecture of the Atlantic seaboard. The name came from the reign of the four King Georges, between 1714 and 1830, when the original style was popular. It re-emerged when the American Centennial in 1876 popularized colonial architecture. The style did not become common in Vancouver until after World War I. Like other Revival styles popular at the time, Georgian Revival architecture brings to mind a tradition of an earlier time. Early Revival houses try to closely imitate the proportions of the original style. Now, the term ‘Georgian’ has often became synonymous with ‘symmetrical.’


  • Hipped roof (sometimes side-gabled)
  • Symmetrically balanced facade
  • Centred door
  • Accentuated front door, normally with pediment supported by pilasters
  • Often doors have overhead fanlights or sidelights
  • Windows with double-hung sashes, usually multi-pane glazing
  • Windows often in adjacent pairs


Brick only appears in one Shaughnessy Georgian. Wood lap siding or stucco is more common. If stucco, then belt courses, cornices, and corner quoins can be found as embellishments. Doors are six-paneled in a deep high-gloss colour. Chimneys are exposed brick or stucco.