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Here’s how Victorian mansions became the standard for…

Here’s how
Victorian mansions became the standard for haunted houses

According to a new video essay by Vox producer Coleman Lowndes, this phenomena can be
broken down two ways. The first reason for the Victorian home aesthetic
evolving into a playground for terror was that, after World War I and the Great
Depression, American society wanted to move on to a more modern and innovative
style. Not to mention that these heavily ornate Victorian homes were built to
emulate the architecture of medieval Europe, and show off the owner’s vast
wealth. Showing off one’s immense fortune while large swaths of Americans were
living in dire financial straits didn’t bode well with most people of the
period, with even The Washington Post calling the Victorian
aesthetic “grotesque.” The abandoned home began to represent death, and a
remnant of a much more gaudy time in our history.

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Source: Equinox Paranormal

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Here’s how Victorian mansions became the standard for…

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