“Victorian” refers to a group of styles popular in America during the late 19th century that was made possible in part by the invention of new framing techniques.
Queen Anne VictorianQueen Anne is the most common Victorian style and is characterized by an irregular shape, a steeply pitched roof, elaborately carved details, and large porch.
Queen Annes are best known for their multi-hued color schemes and complex siding and trim details.
Shingle style is uniquely American in origin, and was one of the first styles to be embraced by society Architects of the late 1800s. Shingle style homes are often similar in massing to the Queen Anne style, but as the name suggests, used wood shingle siding as exterior cladding.
Unlike the Queen Anne, shingle style homes usually shun elaborate exterior detailing and trim.
Early 20th Century
In the first half of the 20 th century American Architects began developing new home styles instead of relying on classical and European models for inspiration.
Among the more notable American styles is Prairie, popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright but practiced in various forms throughout the country. Prairie homes are typically long and low with deep roof overhangs. Porches are common and usually supported by massive columns. The Prairie style wasn’t in fashion long but strongly influenced hundreds of thousand of “ranch” homes across the country.