Queen Anne Style

This style dates (1876-1910).

Compared to the heavy monumentality of the Italianate and Second Empire styles, Queen Anne buildings appear lighter and are more colorful, with fanciful details. Originating in England, this style combined Medieval elements with Japanese influence. Queen Anne buildings are recognized for an exuberant use of materials, patterns, textures and colors. While Queen Anne houses are typically large, a number of small-scale examples exist in Lancaster, designed to fit onto tight urban lots. In Lancaster, Queen Anne buildings are also noted for the use of brickwork patterns, which substitute for the more common use of wooden shingles and spindlework on porches. Queen Anne became the style of the “Gilded Age,” symbolizing the wealth and success of the nineteenth-century industrial era.

Characteristics include:
• “busy” rooflines with steep pitches, round corner towers and tall chimneys
• asymmetrical plans
• projecting bays and porches
• multi-gabled roofs with sharp peaks
• use of stained glass windows