Tag Archives: Queen Anne

On The Street…Walla Walla, WA

Queen Anne House Walla Walla

Queen Anne House Walla Walla

Horror Vacui

The Victorians often ascribed to a design idea that is  sometimes  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. Walla Walla, WA, USA. Queen Anne, 1895

Design Details…Belvedere

Belvedere Overlooking Los Angeles Harbor

Belvedere Overlooking Los Angeles Harbor

Belvedere Overlooking Los Angeles Harbor

Side View

“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

Thinking about…Ranks

Four Rank Contemporary

Four Rank Contemporary

I was shooting around Queen Anne and came across this wonderful home under construction. This house is a four rank structure because the front windows (which are attractively tall and multi-paned!) and the door line up in four neat vertical lines. (the windows on the far right are actually on a bay on the side of the house)  Note: nice integration of salvaged double front doors.

In colonial times glass was expensive, the rank count  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.)   Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA, Contemporary, 2010