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Queen Anne – popular 1880-1910


Murray-Lanpher House, 1886, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Photo: Murray-Lanpher House, ca. 1886, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Located in the Irvine Park Historic District. Photographed by user: Elkman (own work), 2007, [creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en] via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2013.

The Queen Anne style was introduced to America at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; however, it is not derived from the Renaissance architecture that was popular during the English Queen's 18th century reign. The style was named and associated by English architects led by Richard Norman Shaw. It was H. H. Richardson who was most interested in Shaw's work and influenced American architectural interpretations.

As the Industrial Revolution flourished with new technologies and the expanding railroad transportation network, the elaborate Queen Anne style became quite popular. Factories were mass-producing an array of building materials including the lavish fringe and wooden millwork.

The Queen Anne was asymmetrical in shape with large porches and wide verandahs, usually one-story high and wrapping around one ore two side walls extending the house to include outdoor living space. Porch skirts were sometimes made from latticework or wood slats with cutout designs. Second story recessed porches were sometimes placed in gables or towers. Towers were round, square or polygonal and most often situated at one front corner. Wooden exteriors were often painted using a variety of "earth" colors in greens, reds, and brown to accentuate the different textures and trims. The Queen Anne style row homes commonly had stone stoops.

Irregular roof lines with steeply pitched gables often showcased a prominent front-facing gable. Flared chimney tops, weather vanes, and pinnacles were additional elements. Windows were typically double-hung sash. Cut-away bay windows were sometimes one-over-one with the upper panel including small square or artistically shaped panes. Projecting oriels, dropped pendants, and patterned wood shingles were added details. Doors with a single glass pane were common.

The Queen Anne style is commonly divided into four types:

The Spindled type used an abundance of wood enhancements and decoration incorporating elaborate motifs and "gingerbread" ornamentation using spindles, brackets, and curlicue cutouts.

The Free Classic is recognizable by the Classic columns which were sometimes grouped in two or threes on masonry piers. Dentil molding and Palladian windows were other features of the Free Classic type.

The Half-Timbered type was more common in the northeastern states. The main identifying characteristic is the half-timbering found on upper story wall exteriors and in the gables. Another common feature was window groups.

The Patterned Masonry showcased texture-rich designs made of various patterns of brick courses or various colors of brick, terra cotta or plaster. There were few wooden embellishments.

Some locations where you're likely to find Queen Anne style homes:

  1. 1855 Extension Historic District, c. , (Historic), Horseheads Village, Chemung County NY
  2. Academy Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Greensburg City, Westmoreland County PA
  3. Academy Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Stroudsburg Boro, Monroe County PA
  4. Allison Hill, c. 1895, (Historic), Harrisburg City, Dauphin County PA
  5. Annville Historic District, c. 1764, (Historic), Annville Twp, Lebanon County PA
  6. Arthur-Leonard Historic District, c. , (Historic), Liberty City, Clay County MO
  7. Asylum Hill, c. , (Historic), Hartford City, Hartford County CT
  8. Athens Historic District, c. 1786, (Historic), Athens Boro, Bradford County PA
  9. Awbury Historic District, c. 1860, (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  10. Ballentine Place Historic District, c. 1909, (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  11. Barton Heights, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  12. Beauregard Town, c. 1915, (Historic), Baton Rouge City, East Baton Rouge Parish LA
  13. Beaver Historic District, c. , (Historic), Beaver Boro, Beaver County PA
  14. Berkeley Square, c. 1910, (Historic), Trenton City, Mercer County NJ
  15. Bloomsburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Bloomsburg Town, Columbia County PA
  16. Boylan Heights, c. , (Historic), Raleigh City, Wake County NC
  17. Brewerytown, c. , (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  18. Bridgewater Historic District, c. 1818, (Historic), Bridgewater Boro, Beaver County PA
  19. Broad Avenue Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Altoona City, Blair County PA
  20. Brookville Historic District, c. 1830, (Historic), Brookville Boro, Jefferson County PA
  21. Cambridge Historic District, c. , (Historic), Cambridge Village, Washington County NY
  22. Carver Residential Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  23. Cassill Place Historic District, c. , (Historic), Carthage City, Jasper County MO
  24. Catasauqua Residential Historic District, c. , (Historic), Catasauqua Boro, Lehigh County PA
  25. Center Square-Hudson Park, c. , (Historic), Albany City, Albany County NY
  26. Central Historic District, c. , (Historic), Norristown Boro, Montgomery County PA
  27. Central Troy Historic District, c. , (Historic), Troy City, Rensselaer County NY
  28. Chambersburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Chambersburg Boro, Franklin County PA
  29. Chestnut Hill, c. , (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  30. Chestnut Hill-Plateau Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  31. Church Hill North, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  32. Claverack Hamlet, c. , (Historic), Claverack Town, Columbia County NY
  33. Clinton Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Albany City, Albany County NY
  34. Coalport Historic District, c. 1875, (Historic), Coalport Boro, Clearfield County PA
  35. Columbia Historic District, c. , (Historic), Columbia Boro, Lancaster County PA
  36. Daniels Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lynchburg_City, Independent Cities VA
  37. Danville Historic District, c. , (Historic), Danville Boro, Montour County PA
  38. Dawson Historic District, c. 1890, (Historic), Dawson Boro, Fayette County PA
  39. Delanson Historic District, c. , (Historic), Delanson Village, Schenectady County NY
  40. Delta Historic District, c. 1853, (Historic), Delta Boro, York County PA
  41. Dougherty-Prospect Heights Historic District, c. , (Historic), Liberty City, Clay County MO
  42. Dryden Historic District, c. , (Historic), Dryden Village, Tompkins County NY
  43. DuBois Historic District, c. , (Historic), DuBois City, Clearfield County PA
  44. East Lancaster Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Downingtown Boro, Chester County PA
  45. East Side Historic District, c. , (Historic), Catskill Village, Greene County NY
  46. East Side Historic District, c. 1885, (Historic), Joliet City, Will County IL
  47. Eldridge Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Bellingham City, Whatcom County WA
  48. Elmwood Historic District, c. , (Historic), Providence City, Providence County RI
  49. Elmwood Park Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Columbia City, Richland County SC
  50. Emlenton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Emlenton Boro, Venango County PA
  51. Everett Historic District, c. 1795, (Historic), Everett Boro, Bedford County PA
  52. Fairmount Historic District, c. , (Historic), York City, York County PA
  53. Federal Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lynchburg City, Independent Cities VA
  54. Fifeville-Castle Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Charlottesville City, Independent Cities VA
  55. Fordhook Farm, c. , (Historic), Doylestown Twp, Bucks County PA
  56. Forest Park Southeast District, c. , (Historic), St Louis City, Independent Cities MO
  57. Fountain Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Bethlehem City, Northampton County PA
  58. Franklin Historic District, c. 1870, (Historic), Franklin City, Venango County PA
  59. Front Royal Historic District, c. , (Historic), Front Royal Town, Warren County VA
  60. Gansevoort-East Steuben Streets Historic District, c. , (Historic), Bath Village, Steuben County NY
  61. General Electric Realty Plot, c. 1899, (Singles), Schenectady City, Schenectady County NY
  62. Goldsboro Historic District, c. , (Historic), Goldsboro Boro, York County PA
  63. Greenwich Historic District, c. , (Historic), Greenwich Village, Washington County NY
  64. Hampton-Pinckney Historic District, c. 1905, (Historic), Greenville City, Greenville County SC
  65. Hanover Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hanover Boro, York County PA
  66. Henry Albertson Historic District, c. 1905, (Historic), Lansdowne Boro, Delaware County PA
  67. Hermitage Road Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  68. Hickory Street District, c. , (Historic), St Louis City, Independent Cities MO
  69. Highland Park Plaza, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  70. Holly Lawn, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  71. Honesdale Residential Historic District, c. , (Historic), Honesdale Boro, Wayne County PA
  72. Hudson Falls Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson Falls Village, Washington County NY
  73. Hudson Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson City, Columbia County NY
  74. Ivyland Historic District, c. , (Historic), Ivyland Boro, Bucks County PA
  75. Jewell-Lightburne Historic District, c. , (Historic), Liberty City, Clay County MO
  76. Lansdowne Park, c. 1890, (Historic), Lansdowne Boro, Delaware County PA
  77. Lewisburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lewisburg Boro, Union County PA
  78. Liberty Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Bath Village, Steuben County NY
  79. Llyswen, c. 1894, (Historic), Altoona City, Blair County PA
  80. Louis Menand House, c. , (Historic), Colonie Town, Albany County NY
  81. Manchester Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  82. Martin Luther King Jr Historic District, c. , (Historic), Atlanta City, Fulton County GA
  83. McConnellsburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), McConnellsburg Boro, Fulton County PA
  84. Milford Historic District, c. , (Historic), Milford Boro, Pike County PA
  85. Millionaires Row Historic District, c. 1885, (Historic), Williamsport City, Lycoming County PA
  86. Milton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Milton Boro, Northumberland County PA
  87. Monument Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  88. Mount Pleasant Historic District, c. , (Historic), Harrisburg City, Dauphin County PA
  89. Mount Pleasant Historic District, c. , (Historic), Mount Pleasant Boro, Westmoreland County PA
  90. Mount Union Historic District, c. , (Historic), Mount Union Boro, Huntingdon County PA
  91. Muncy Historic District, c. , (Historic), Muncy Boro, Lycoming County PA
  92. Newport Historic District, c. , (Historic), Newport Boro, Perry County PA
  93. Ninth Street Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lafayette City, Tippecanoe County IN
  94. North East Historic District, c. , (Historic), North East Boro, Erie County PA
  95. North Hill Historic District, c. 1890, (Historic), New Castle City, Lawrence County PA
  96. North Wayne Historic District, c. 1881, (Historic), Radnor Twp, Delaware County PA
  97. Northumberland Historic District, c. 1829, (Historic), Northumberland Boro, Northumberland County PA
  98. Northwest York Historic District, c. , (Historic), York City, York County PA
  99. Old Shandon Historic District, c. , (Historic), Columbia City, Richland County SC
  100. Overbrook Farms, c. , (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  101. Patton Historic District, c. , (Historic), Patton Boro, Cambria County PA
  102. Penns Park, c. 1832, (Historic), Wrightstown Twp, Bucks County PA
  103. Perrin Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lafayette City, Tippecanoe County IN
  104. Pettigru Street Historic District, c. 1910, (Historic), Greenville City, Greenville County SC
  105. Philippi Historic District, c. , (Historic), Philippi City, Barbour County WV
  106. Portage Historic District, c. , (Historic), Portage Boro, Cambria County PA
  107. Queen Anne Historic District, c. , (Historic), Reading City, Berks County PA
  108. Railroad Borough Historic District, c. , (Historic), Railroad Boro, York County PA
  109. Raymond Houses, c. 1891, (Historic), Middletown Boro, Dauphin County PA
  110. Rhinebeck Historic MRA, c. , (Historic), Rhinebeck Town, Dutchess County NY
  111. Ridgway Historic District, c. , (Historic), Ridgway Boro, Elk County PA
  112. Ripley Historic District, c. , (Historic), Ripley City, Jackson County WV
  113. River Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Wilkes-Barre City, Luzerne County PA
  114. Rivermont Historic District, c. , (Historic), Lynchburg City, Independent Cities VA
  115. Riverton Historic District, c. 1869, (Historic), Front Royal Town, Warren County VA
  116. Riverview, c. , (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  117. Roaring Spring Historic District, c. , (Historic), Roaring Spring Boro, Blair County PA
  118. Robidoux Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), St Joseph City, Buchanan County MO
  119. Romberger-Stover House, c. 1887, (Historic), Berrysburg Boro, Dauphin County PA
  120. Roosevelt Neighborhood, c. 1918, (Historic), Phoenix City, Maricopa County AZ
  121. Rossman-Prospect Avenue Historic District, c. , (Historic), Hudson City, Columbia County NY
  122. Rucker Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Everett_City, Snohomish County WA
  123. Samuel Warden House, c. , (Historic), Mount Pleasant Boro, Westmoreland County PA
  124. Shrewsbury Historic District, c. , (Historic), Shrewsbury Boro, York County PA
  125. Society Hill, c. , (Historic), Philadelphia City, Philadelphia County PA
  126. South Side Historic District, c. , (Historic), Oil City, Venango County PA
  127. South Wayne Historic District, c. , (Historic), Radnor Twp, Delaware County PA
  128. St Marys Historic District, c. 1870, (Historic), Lafayette City, Tippecanoe County IN
  129. Stouchsburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Marion Twp, Berks County PA
  130. Stoystown Historic District, c. , (Historic), Stoystown Boro, Somerset County PA
  131. Sunbury Historic District, c. 1772, (Historic), Sunbury_City, Northumberland County PA
  132. Tamaqua Historic District, c. 1831, (Historic), Tamaqua Boro, Schuylkill County PA
  133. Thornburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Thornburg Boro, Allegheny County PA
  134. Titusville Historic District, c. , (Historic), Titusville City, Crawford County PA
  135. Tunkhannock Historic District, c. , (Historic), Tunkhannock Boro, Wyoming County PA
  136. Union City Historic District, c. , (Historic), Union City Boro, Erie County PA
  137. Union Hill Historic District, c. , (Historic), Richmond City, Independent Cities VA
  138. Union Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Schenectady City, Schenectady County NY
  139. Upper Bluff Historic District, c. , (Historic), Joliet City, Will County IL
  140. Verbeck House, c. 1889, (Historic), Ballston Spa Village, Saratoga County NY
  141. Virginville Historic District, c. 1850, (Historic), Richmond Twp, Berks County PA
  142. Walnut Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Springfield City, Greene County MO
  143. Warren Historic District, c. , (Historic), Warren City, Warren County PA
  144. Warwick Village Historic District, c. , (Historic), Warwick Village, Orange County NY
  145. Waynesburg Historic District, c. , (Historic), Waynesburg Boro, Greene County PA
  146. Wellsboro Historic District, c. , (Historic), Wellsboro Boro, Tioga County PA
  147. Wertland Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Charlottesville City, Independent Cities VA
  148. West 21st Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Erie City, Erie County PA
  149. West End, c. 1890, (Historic), Providence City, Providence County RI
  150. West End Historic District, c. , (Historic), Norristown Boro, Montgomery County PA
  151. West Sixth Street Historic District, c. , (Historic), Erie City, Erie County PA
  152. Westlawn, c. 1882, (Historic), Nether Providence Twp, Delaware County PA
  153. Westmont Historic District, c. , (Historic), Westmont Boro, Cambria County PA
  154. White Creek Historic District, c. , (Historic), White Creek Town, Washington County NY
  155. Wilderstein, c. , (Historic), Rhinebeck Town, Dutchess County NY
  156. Winona Historic District, c. , (Historic), Norfolk City, Independent Cities VA
  157. Wrightsville Historic District, c. , (Historic), Wrightsville Boro, York County PA
  158. Wycombe, c. 1895, (Historic), Buckingham Twp, Bucks County PA
  159. Wyncote, c. 1940, (Historic), Cheltenham Twp, Montgomery County PA

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