I tried to steer him towards Art Deco which is more in line with this building's contruction era but he wanted Victorian,
Developers and real estate guys are typically building to appeal to the general public. The public in general considers Victorian design to be antique. If you put a Queen Anne dining table made in the early 18th century next to an Oak dining table made in 1905, the Queen Anne table looks almost modern even though it's two hundred years older. Art Deco is
modern (modernism). Antique has been the rage since the 1960's. I can remember when I was a kid you couldn't give antiques away; everyone wanted new modern stuff.