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The term “Regency” is used to describe the architecture of early 19th-century Britain, when George IV was Prince Regent. Reflecting the Prince’s exotic tastes, the style blended neoclassical architectural elements with Gothic motifs and/or oriental motifs such as Chinoiserie and the “Hindoo” style. Regency buildings are usually one or 1½ storeys. Exterior finishes include scored stucco, brick or ashlar stone. Influenced by British colonial architecture in India and the Caribbean, deep perimeter verandas with bell cast roofs are common. Residential architecture in the Regency style is often cottage-like with tall windows extending almost to grade, and often operating as French doors. Churches built in this style utilized pointed window openings, crenellations and fine ornamental woodwork in superficial applications of Gothic motifs. In Ontario, the Regency style was most commonly used for cottages. 

Taken from:

The Ontario Heritage Trust. “Architectural Style.” Ontario Heritage Trust, 27 Mar. 2017,


The style is strictly the late phase of Georgian architecture, and follows closely on from the neoclassical style of the preceding years, which continued to be produced throughout the period. The Georgian period takes its name from the four Kings George of the period 1714–1830, including King George IV. 

Excerpted from:

Wikipedia contributors, "Regency architecture," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 

(accessed July 2, 2021).


To learn more:

Blumenson, John. Ontario Architecture: A Guide to Styles and Building 1784 to the Present. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1990.

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Regency Style Porch
(main structure: Ontario Cottage)

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