As the Victorian era came into popularity in the United States during the last half of the 1800s, out went the symmetrical look that had, until then, dominated Classic architecture. Advancements in home construction, along with the excess of the time period, resulted in increasingly complex home designs with ornate details. Over hundreds of years, those inherited physical features have become the characteristics that make the Victorian style so easily recognizable. Victorian homes are typically two or three stories, and are designed with multiple textures, decorative trim, wrap-around, one-story porches and vibrant colors. You may find decorative porch spandrels, gable pediments, fishscale, ornate brackets and spires on the turrets.