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The Neo-Victorian style parrots the look and feel of the Victorian design that roared into vogue in the United States in the latter half of the 19th Century. Its main difference is the use of modern building materials, contemporary appliances, and lighting. The Victorian's immediate cousin was the Gothic Revival style, and offshoots include the Second Empire, Italianate, Queen Anne, Victorian and Stick home. You'll find abundant examples of Victorians in the older parts of most major American cities, although the home also rose up in the rural parts of the country.

In San Francisco, Neo-Victorian homes were the rage of a revival in the 1960s and 1970s as homeowners devoted themselves to repairing the ornate woodwork and adding bright colored palate to exterior paint and trim. Typical to the style are the solid, strong details and vertical lines, a multi-story home with a roof that arches skywards with ornate wrought-iron touches, wood or masonry gargoyles, leaves and vines about the exteriors.

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