“Belvedere” italian for “beautiful view.” I found this house compelling. It stands on a hill overlooking Los Angeles harbor. The closed staircase to the belvedere is an unusual detail. (I wonder who built this feature? Who stood there looking and waiting?) San Pedro, CA, USA Queen Anne, Victorian, 1890
Topiary in front of a Victorian cottage, someÂ people call these “pyramid houses” after the pyramid shaped roof. Queen Anne, Seattle WA, USA, Victorian, Pyramidal. 1905
This 1900 house is an exuberant eclectic blend of Gothic, Chateauesque, and Mission styles. Doheny House, Â Adams District, Los Angeles,CA USA. Eclectic 1900
I was shooting around Queen Anne and came across this wonderful home under construction. This house is a four rankÂ structure because theÂ front windows (which are attractively tall and multi-paned!) and the door line up in fourÂ neat vertical lines. (the windows on the far right are actually on a bay on the side of the house)Â Note: nice integration of salvaged double front doors.
In colonial timesÂ glass was expensive,Â the rank countÂ of your home was a matter of prestige; the higher the rank the better your standing in society. Most average homes were 3 (a door flanked by two rows of windows.)Â Â Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary, 2010
I enjoy the contrast between the texture of the Â rusticated stone ( the rough appearing blocks) and the smooth carving of the columnsÂ and lintels. Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA, USA, Romanesque 1890