“Free-Classic” Queen Anne

A “Free-Classic” Queen Anne style mansion in York, PA.

The late Free Classic variant of the Queen Anne style appeared around the turn of the 20th century. Generally similar in form to earlier Queen Anne houses, “Free-Classic” houses replace the turned spindle work and scroll-sawn ornament found on earlier Queen Anne houses with Classical columns and other features drawn from Renaissance prototypes.

In this house, the wrap-around porch, bay windows, dormers, and elaborate chimneys carry forward from the earlier Queen Anne. The stucco treatment on the second story, relatively simple form, and neo-classical ornament on the bay windows look forward to the styles coming in with the new century.

Understanding the style of a house will help you know which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Queen Anne is one of 25 architectural styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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