Queen Anne Houses

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English-derived and very popular from 1880 through the 1890s, this quintessential Victorian house is a period favorite. Robust but lighthearted exteriors, with their asymmetrical facades, towers, verandahs, and fancy-butt shingles, hint at the sweetly eclectic rooms inside.

It’s the most beloved of Victorian styles. Despite roots in the English “Queen Anne Movement”--a return to early, vernacular architecture--it is here a peculiarly American style in its mass-produced ornamentation (including “gingerbread”) and lavish use of wood.

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A Ravishing Queen Anne House

This cira-1900 Queen Anne house in Portland boasts a wide veranda, a tower, pocket doors and an abundance of original detailing. Take a look at how this couple restored this historic home using art wallpapers, vintage textiles, antique lighting fixtures and a variety of period-appropriate antique decor.

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An Urban Garden in Massachusetts

How an avid gardener and her landscape designers reworked a streetside urban plot to create private “rooms” along with lawns and perennial beds—while honoring the scale of the big old house.

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