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Old November 18th, 2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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Georgian architecture in Hamburg

Hallo to everybody.
I'm not an expert in architecture.
So I ask a question to those who can answer.
The question is: Could we be "alowed" to talk about "Georgian architecture" in the german city of Hamburg (and in german Lower Saxony as a whole)?
As far as I know, Georgian architeture's features are:
1.dark red/brown bricks
2.white window-frames and doors
3.white decorations on the exterior walls (sometimes)
4.bay/bow windows (sometimes)
5.two or three main-entrance-door's steps (sometimes)
6.white columns (sometimes)
7.dark steep roofs
I'll show you some photos taken in Hamburg to better explain what I mean.
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On the other hand, similarities between english buildings and german lower-saxon and Schleswig-Holstein buildings are quite a few.
For example, I could mention the thatched houses that can be found both in England and in the whole area including northern Lower Saxony and Schleswig Holstein.
If anything, because the old saxons are some of the ancestors of the present day english people.
Indeed, the Low German that is the native language of north-west Germany (also known as Niederdeutsch or Plattdeutsch) is quite related to the modern english since their ancestors language (Old Saxon and Old English) have the same language-root.
Furthermore, the Royal House itself has north-german origins because of the origins of the House of Hannover and the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Again, my question: could we be "alowed" to talk about a sort of "Georgian Architecture" in Hamburg and north-west Germany as a whole?
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Old November 18th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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Old November 19th, 2012, 01:35 AM   #3
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Old November 19th, 2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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The differences are:
1.high brick-chimneys in the georgian building sample.
2.white columns and decorations in the georgian building sample.

The similarities are:
1. both Hamburg buildings and georgian building are made of red/dark red bricks.
2. both Hamburg buildings (other than the Hamburg Dungeon building) and georgian building have white windows-frames.
3. both Hamburg buildings and georgian building have dark roofs.

As far as the similarities are concerned, how could we explain this?
A sort of "Convergent Evolution" so that architecture-styles in different places, AT THE SAME LATITUDES AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS, developed similar features ?
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Old November 19th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #5
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Architects and their trends always influenced each other, wherever they emerged.

Gothic was "invented" in France and spread across Europe. Later resurrected in Neo Gothic even in the New World. Now you wouldn't assume "Gothic architecture" evolved on the US east coast because of similar climate conditions, compared to, say Northern France? That's just bonkers.

Most of the buildings from Hamburg shown in this thread are more recent than Georgian houses.

If anything, you'll find Brick Gothic architecture and different Northern German timbered house styles to be typical for the region around Hamburg and Northern Germany.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 08:48 PM   #6
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Georgian Architecture was born in England.
England had in the Saxons, Angles and Jutes a herritage from the north-west continental Europe (Frieseland, Schleswig Holstein, Lower Saxony).
Probably these people already used to build their buildings by usins dark-red/brown bricks (and they kept on building their buildings by usings these materials untill recent times).
When it came to build building by using bricks instead of wood in order to avoid fire-danger, the english architects "remembered" their "saxon herritage" and used dark-red bricks in what was later called "Georgian Architecture"...
That's the "explanation" that I give to myself...
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