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The Victorian era, named for the English Queen, extends throughout the period of the monarch's long reign, from 1837 to 1901. Victorian architecture encompasses the many styles that came into fashion during those six decades, and the American interpretation of those styles often reflected the adventuresome American spirit. From the ornate Greek and Gothic Revival styles to the whimsical gingerbread-cottage look, Victorian architecture, although novel, had its roots in history. It owed its popularity and rapid spread, however, to modern technology. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries came mass-produced building materials that could now be delivered over long distances. Victorian home builders who might have previously eschewed handcrafted architectural detailing now had affordable alternatives, and their clients embraced the opportunity to embellish their simple farmhouses and grand manor homes with romantic decoration. Here are some quintessential examples of American Victorian homes.