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Queen Anne Home Style

Queen Anne


From 1880 to 1910, the Queen Anne style so completely dominated Victorian residential architecture that it has become synonymous with the word "Victorian" for many people. Queen Anne style homes represent an exuberant collection of eclectic details. Gables, bay windows, towers and various textures all come together in unexpected ways to create harmony.

Queen Anne Essential Style Elements

Essential Style Elements

  • Textured surfaces, decorative patterns of wood or stone, various colors of shingles and slate
  •  Elaborate decorative trim, stained glass and an array of colors – every surface adorned
  • Towers, turrets, porches, balconies and bay windows
  • Two, three or more stories, with cantilevered upper stories
  • Intersecting hip, gable and conical roofs
  • Asymmetrical massing

Queen Anne Quintessential Windows

Quintessential Windows

Like most homes in the Victorian style, Queen Anne style houses have tall, double-hung windows. One way Queen Anne homes differ from Victorian, however, is that double-hung windows in the Queen Anne style are far more likely to have the upper sash decorated with art glass or with a decorative grille pattern combined with colored glass. Windows in Queen Anne style homes are often paired or tripled and feature trim that ranges from simple backband and cornices to elaborately carved pediments. Bay windows are common and occasionally have unequal sash – primarily on the first floor where the windows might be quite tall. Additionally, cottage style windows, which have an upper sash that is smaller than the lower sash, are popular on the main floor at the front of the house.

Queen Anne Quintessential Doors

Quintessential Doors

Main entry doors feature a variety of styles in both single or double door units. The doors are simple, rectangular, raised-panel doors and often have mail slots. Typically, transom windows with art glass are used above the doors. Frequently, the upper half of the doors also includes art glass. Sidelights are not common. Side doors, back doors and other auxiliary doors are less elaborate than main doors, but often have art glass and transom windows. Patio doors were not used on period Queen Anne homes, but these doors can easily be styled to work well and suit the needs of today’s homeowners. Exterior doors are commonly painted, although hardwood doors are occasionally stained a dark color.

Colors and Finishes

The Victorians painted their houses in a rainbow of colors. Although brighter colors are standard for Queen Anne homes today, the Victorian preference was for darker earth-tone colors, including but not limited to sienna, red, forest green, burnt yellow and muddy brown.

Queen Anne Exterior Colors
Queen Anne Interior Colors

Queen Anne Color Combinations

Color Combinations

This chart shows the various color combinations that make up the Queen Anne home style

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More On This Home Style

Pattern books from the Andersen Style Library present quintessential details of the most popular American architectural styles, with an emphasis on window and door design. The result of years of research, they exist to make it easier to create homes with architectural authenticity.

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