Queen Anne Style
Clad in clapboards and patterned shingles and
dressed to the nines with wraparound porches, stained-glass windows,
gingerbread trim, and turrets, the romantic Queen
Anne house is the last word in over-the- top
American picturesqueness. Originally developed by
the English architect Richard Norman Shaw, the
Queen Anne style was popularized in the US by a new
abundance of factory-made architectural elements, a
tendency toward excess during the “Gilded Age,” and
the proliferation of home pattern books promoting
Hand built wood mantels with hand applied
Carefully assembled utilizing tongue and groove,
splines and precision engineered
Our mantels can be manufactured in any size or
wood species desired.
Poplar is our standard
Width 54 in. x Height 36 in.
Height: 4' 6"
A subset of Victorian
design, Queen Anne style shaped a wide swath of
American domestic architecture: from modest
workingman’s cottages to the imposing piles found
in old industrial cities like Buffalo and
Pittsburgh; from the exuberance of San Francisco’s
ladies” to the the elegant restraint of Brooklyn
Although some Queen Anne's have classical detail
like dentils and ionic columns, their facades are asymmetrical, a
departure from earlier
neoclassicism. Their cross-gabled or mansard
slate roofs are steeply pitched, and there is always at least one
porch and often large decorative bay windows, orienting the house
strongly toward public space.
Anne Style architectural details and
Ceiling medallions, cornices
and moldings. Authentic Period and Historic Home
All crafted in genuine plaster.
For commercial and residential environments.
Taking a cue from the exterior architecture, Queen
Anne interiors often feature crown moldings, plaster cornices, and
beveled glass mirrors. Staircases are bordered with turned
balusters to match the railings on the porch. In this environment,
furnishings must be chosen with care: in keeping with a Queen Anne
home’s overall style,
romantic eclecticism is the order of the day, but
Victorian ornament can quickly descend into excess and clutter. (For
this reason, Queen Anne eventually came to be known as “bric-a-brac”
Queen Anne exteriors were sometimes painted in four
or five different colors to accent the various trim and textural
elements, so it’s fair to use a good deal of strong color inside the
home as well. Earthy tones like ochre, red, and deep green can be
left to their own devices or accented with gilding and richly
patterned wall paper.
Textiles are also key, from velvet upholstery to
oriental carpets, and bric-a-brac is indeed an element of this style:
china figurines, portraits, and miniatures are displayed on walls,
occasional tables, and the ubiquitous carved mantelpieces. Of course,
can work beautifully in a Queen Anne, but as they
tend to be heavy and dark it is wise to use them in
moderation. While an entire parlor set in plushly
upholstered wine-red velvet may be a bit too Gone
With the Wind, one
Victorian settee will look dynamite when paired
with some simpler pieces against a richly colored
and detailed backdrop.
Elements of Queen Anne Style:
paneling, stained or painted, up to dado height;
baseboard molding; chair rails. Plain plaster walls
with molding will also
do. Wall colors are generally pale: cream, dusky
rose, sage or pea green, powder blue, gray-beige.
Florals are fine, particularly Chinese motifs like
peonies and chrysanthemums. In grander houses,
antiqued wall finishes, gold, and murals can be
Windows: Dramatic draperies: swag, rope
tassels, fringe, backed with sheers, wood blinds or
Floors: Wood floors covered with oriental
rugs are best. Plush carpet,
perhaps floral, is fine also. In grand houses,
marble floors were used.
Lighting: Chandeliers in brass or crystal;
Chinese motif table lamps. Wall
sconces in silver or brass.
Accessories: Chinese porcelain, lacquer
ware, silver tea services, linens, carved picture
frames. Small sculptures, busts. Fans, bronze,