Architectural Anorak Corner

Victorians loved adapting old styles of architecture and playing with them. It makes their buildings far more interesting though they were breaking all the classical rules.

This is a house I spotted in Central Cardiff that makes use of what was called Gibbs details, after the early 18th century architect/artist patronised by Lord Burlington who helped promote the practice of using large blocks of stone on the corners for extra strength. This is the first time I’ve seen it done in brick, though only in paint, so is all mouth and no trousers. As some might say.

gibbs brick shr

4 thoughts on “Architectural Anorak Corner

  1. Are these mainly done in paint? This sort of look (never heard of the Gibbs details, so thank you!) is very common in the S Wales valleys, but I had always assumed that they really were larger stones / bricks. Must look more closely next time I’m in the land of my fathers (and mothers!)


  2. I think the style is mostly common sense. But here it is only painted on, so has become decoration rather than function. I’ll have to take more of a look in Wales too. Might be widespread.


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