Federation architecture

Federation Architecture

Federation architecture

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Federation architecture refers to the architectural style in Australia, which was prevalent from around 1890 to 1920. The period refers to the Federation of Australia on 1 January 1901, when the Australian colonies collectively became the Commonwealth of Australia. It had antecedents in the Queen Anne Style of England and Shingle Style of the Eastern United States.

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The Federation period is known internationally as the Edwardian period, named for the reign of King Edward VII (1901–1910). However, as the style preceded and extended beyond Edward's reign, the term 'Federation architecture' was coined in 1969.

Since the Federation of Australia was a significant event during this period, the term 'Edwardian' is seldom used in Australia. Federation architecture has many similarities to Edwardian architecture. There are significant differences, however which distinguished the style in Australia, particularly due to the embracing of Australiana themes and the use of the verandah in domestic settings. Australian flora and fauna featured prominently, and stylised images of the New South Wales waratah, flannel flower, Queensland firewheel tree and other flowers, and Kangaroo, kookaburra, lyrebird,Fraser, p....
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