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Queen Anne Home Style

Queen Anne Overview

The Queen Anne home style is a highly decorated and ornate Victorian style popularized on the heels of the Romantic Movement in the late 1800s. Unlike its name suggests, the Queen Anne style has nothing to do with the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), but does reflect influences from earlier English buildings. The style is bursting with variety and the level of detailing is often described as excessive. Characterized by decorative trim, patterned shingles, bay windows, textured walls, and medieval-esque towers and turrets, the extravagance of the Queen Anne style captured the imagination of all social classes.

 

Form

A typical Queen Anne home stood very large at two to three stories. New construction techniques allowed for more complex structures and the Queen Anne took full advantage with irregular and asymmetrical shapes dominating the style.

 

Front Door

Entry doors were made of wood usually with panels in the lower portion and a single pane of glass in the upper portion.

 

Porch

Spacious covered porches often spanned the full width of the home and frequently wrapped around one or both front corners and could be rounded. Otherwise, a partial porch could be utilized as well. Most porches were one story, but a Queen Anne may also include a second story porch over the front entry. Commonly ornamented with spindle work and decorative friezes, the porch served to further accent the eclectic style.

 

Windows

Queen Anne windows were typically tall and narrow, consisted of a single pane, and were double hung. Congruent with the highly decorative style, stained glass was often featured as well.

 

Siding

Siding surfaces included wood bevel and decorative wood shingles often with a scalloped pattern. Patterned masonry and half-timbering may also exist.

 

Roof & Dormer

A Queen Anne home utilized a steeply pitched roof system with a prominent front facing gable and many intersecting roof lines, cross gables, and planes. Roofs often included finials and decorative cresting.

 

Details

Fanciful decorative details abound with the Queen Anne style. Generous use of decorative ornamentation such as brackets, trim, and spindlework showed no restraint. The interiors featured formal entrance halls and commonly included round or octagonal rooms as well.

 

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