American Home Styles: The Queen Anne

At the tail end of the 19th and early to the 20th centuries, a popular home design in the United States was the Queen Anne. The Queen Anne was clearly a transitional design, making a bridge between the lush Victorian and the controlled Colonial Revival styles.

The Queen Anne home is distinguished by its asymmetrical design. With a large projecting gable on one side and a tall, thin tower into another, the Queen Anne is a tall, upright and proud house. At its bottom, the Queen Anne has a large porch which welcomes the visitor and provides a place to rest and view the street. An abundance of large windows keeps the inside of this Queen Anne light and bright.

This traditional Queen Anne has a tower, projecting gable roof and entrance porch. From its Palladian window in the gable to its Hindustani inspired tower roof, this Queen Anne typifies the eclecticism of its day.

Here’s a more controlled Queen Anne, this time painted white to signify the approaching popularity of this Colonial Revival.

McCloud & Associates Architects

The porch on a Queen Anne is one of its important spaces. This porch swells outside to create a large space for family members and friends to enjoy the outdoors and see the world go by.

This Queen Anne comprises the trademark projecting gable roof, turret that turns the corner, along with plenty of windows. It does not, however, have the broad porch in its base. Instead, it has a more classically inspired front entry that fits in with its formal and urbane context.

Aleck Wilson Architects

Smaller, more and much more controlled due to its urban context, this Queen Anne shares the large projecting gable roof with its suburban brethren.

Mitchell Construction Group

Sometimes the tower on the Queen Anne home was stunted, like tall vertical gesture was just too much exuberance. No thing — that wonderful round or octagonal shape was really significant to some Queen Anne it makes its effect even without a lot of height.

Between Naps on the Porch

This is certainly not a Queen Anne. More exuberant, articulated and diverse, comparing this home into the previous provides a stark contrast between what comprises a Victorian and a Queen Anne.

Aleck Wilson Architects

Queen Anne interiors are usually mild, bright and fun spaces. Massive windows, tall ceilings and asymmetrical plans provide rich interior spaces which can be renovated to suit 21st-century living patterns.

Dick Clark + Associates

Like the best styles, the Queen Anne could be reinterpreted and brought up to date. In many ways that the Queen Anne resides on, even if it’s not so easily evident, in this particular home. Sure, there is no”gingerbread” or”brick-a-brac,” plus it has an all-flat roof. Nevertheless, the asymmetrical exterior, tower area that contrasts the corner, prosperity of front living area are here.

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