The Queen Anne Style HousePhoto Credit : Illustration by Rob Leanna
The Shingle Style home is like a Queen Anne Victorian (see below) that’s outgrown its colorful gingerbread youth and softened into a relaxed, rambling “coastal grandmother.” While still grand and asymmetrical with an assortment of gables and windows, its signature subdued wooden-shingle siding has made it a natural top style for modern beach house builds.
Time Period: 1880–1900
Characteristics: Wooden-shingle siding and windows in all shapes and sizes
Famous Example: Kragsyde, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Where to Find Shingle Style Homes: Many remain in private hands, but a respectful visitor can enjoy exterior views by visiting Maine neighborhoods such as Delano Park in Cape Elizabeth, Ocean Avenue and its back streets in Kennebunkport, and Cushing Island in Portland.
The final “Victorian” style and contemporary with the all-American Shingle, grand Queen Anne homes are like dreamy medieval dollhouses complete with turrets, vibrant paint jobs, ornamental trim, and wide front porches.
Time Period: 1880–1910
Characteristics: Bay windows, turrets, towers, and bold multicolored exteriors
Famous Example: The “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco, California
Where to Find Queen Annes: Throughout New England in every size, from wee cottages to grand mansions.
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