Victorian architecture is that architecture which was popular during the 1837-1901 reign of England's Queen Victoria. Victorian architecture borrowed from popular European styles of architecture which came before it, as well as incorporating art forms which were popular during the sixty-four years of Queen Victoria's reign.
The Victorian houses in Monrovia are almost all in the Queen Anne style which was popular from 1880-1910. The Monrovian Victorians have the steeply-pitched, irregularly-shaped roofs, the patterned shingles, the front-facing gables, cutaway bay windows, and the wrap-around porches most commonly found in a Queen Anne. Sometimes the Queen Anne has a tower, and when it does, that tower is most likely situated at either corner of the front of the house. A few Monrovia Queen Anne-style houses have incised Eastlake detailing and others have Romanesque features of rounded towers with conical roofs, and arches over windows, entry ways, and porch supports.
The Monrovia Neoclassical is symmetrical with center-placed entry, round or rectangular columns supporting a full-height, but not full-width porch, and balanced windows.
Another Monrovia Victorian-style house is the Shingle, which has shingling on the exterior walls from the ground to the roof. The Shingle-style may also have stonework on the exterior wall of the ground floor and shingling from the second story to the roof.
Sprinkled through Monrovia are houses which might be considered "Folk Victorian." In their book, Field Guide to American Houses, (see Reference List on the previous screen), Virginia and Lee McAlestar use this term to describe small, one or two-story houses which imitate their more opulent Victorian sisters in regard to exterior ornamentation.