San Francisco’s Victorian and Edwardian Residential Architecture

Monday, February 26, 2018

In April 2017, James Dixon gave a dynamic, ritually informed talk at SHARP about post-1920 residential architecture in San Francisco. A practicing architect as well as an expert on architectural styles in the Bay Area, he provided both an architect’s understanding of the workmanship the styles called for and frank evaluations of them. When the evening was over, we had enjoyed a college-level seminar from a brilliant professor, minus the homework and exams. Dixon returns to SHARP to focus on Victorian and Edwardian residential architecture, explaining the most popular styles and their relationship to San Francisco’s history.

As before, audience members will receive a timeline chart, this one covering the period between 1820 and 1920.  The chart shows the styles Dixon will describe, the duration of their popularity, and relevant historical events. Scroll down at the same site to see examples and descriptions of the different styles.

Among other topics, Dixon will address the distinguishing differences between the Victorian and Edwardian styles, differences within each style, and the radical change in residential design that occurred with the “1890 Pivot.”

James Dixon is a San Francisco architect whose mentor was the late Aaron Green, the last professional link to Frank Lloyd Wright. Green completed the Marin County Civic Center after Wright’s death. Dixon is an expert on architectural styles in the Bay Area and frequently lectures on that subject.

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