This looks like such a cool and inviting place to sit on a warm afternoon. Yakima, WA, USA. Queen Anne, 1905
The Victorians often ascribed toÂ a design idea that is Â sometimesÂ unfairly described as “horror vacui” (fear of the empty.) The smart owner of this property is perhaps playing with that idea in their use of a generous amount of embellishments. Regardless, the result is a personal and effective expression of a design concept. WallaÂ Walla, WA, USA. Queen Anne, 1895
“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
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