History credits the 19th-century English architect Richard Norman Shaw with creating this widespread style. The British government built two Queen Anne buildings at the 1876 American Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. One of the most picturesque of the late-19th-century styles, in its day it became America’s favorite style.
In Utah its popularity coincided with the building boom of the late 1880s and 1890s. Residential examples have asymmetrical facades, irregular plans, and varied silhouettes resulting from dormers, gables, and towers. The building materials and decoration were equally varied. Like the Gothic, Italianate and Second Empire styles, stylebooks popularized the design for smaller houses and cottages of one and one and a half stories.
--variety of building materials, textures, and colors
--carved, lathe-turned, and scroll-cut woodwork
--tall chimneys, often with decorative brick patterning
--round, square, or polygonal turrets
--leaded and stained-glass windows
--decorative shingle patterns on wall surfaces
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