The last of the Victorian picturesque styles, the exuberant Queen Anne was the culmination of all the Victorian styles, the epitome of eclecticism. Soon after its introduction at the Philadelphia Centennial of 1876, it replaced the Second Empire as the most popular style of the time.
FORM: robust, varied and decorative asymmetrical compositions combining, from previous styles, a variety of forms, materials, textures and colors; often a dazzling array of dormers, gables, turrets, towers, bays and porches; up to 4 and 5 stories.
ROOF: dynamic composition of steeply pitched gables and intersecting roofs, accentuated by a variety of dormers; with pyramids, cones and domes topping polygonal and cylindrical towers.
WINDOWS: generally double—hung and rectangular in flat walls, curved in cylindrical towers; sometimes 6 over 1; upper sash often bordered by smaller, colored panes.
PORCHES: sometimes projecting only at entries, often verandahs encircling the main level; sometimes recessed on upper levels, spanned over with oval or cylindrical arches; trimmed with delicately turned spindlework (as opposed to larger, heavier Eastlake turnings).
WALLS: sheathed with various materials in many textures; lavish use of pre—manufactured ornamental fans, swags, garlands, beaded moldings, dentils and miscellaneous gingerbread, all originally richly colored.
CHIMNEYS: tall, thin, sometimes flared at the top with large caps; brick and tile used in elaborate, intricate patterns.