Stick Style and Queen Anne

The Stick Style in architecture reinterprets mesieval half-timbered buildings and the new balloon framing construction method with wooden planks or sticks that form decorative surface patterns on exteriors. Queen Anne originates in England as an attempt to create an image of home, tradition, and middle-class comfort. The highly eclectic, the style combines elements from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

Stick Style- The Stick Style developes during the 1850s from concepts of the Picturesque historicism, and Gothic Revival theory.

Queen Anne- This is the style of the middle class. Queen Anne includes characteristics from English vernacular, Elizabethan, Tudor, and Japanese architecture.


 Motifs include sunflowers, pediments, columns, spindels, scrollwork, quoins, Flemish gables, strapwork, swags, cherubs, and foliage.


Types- Stick Style: Primarily a residential development few stick- style state pavilions and some churches and resort hotels.

Queen Anne: Public buildings are offices, school, colleges, shops, pubs, coffee houses, hospitals, hotels, and few churches. Private types are manor houses, town houses or terraces, flats, nd worker houses.

  • Materials for Stick Style; wood is primary building material. Queen Anne materials are often brown brick with red brick trim.
  • Facades (Stick Style) stickwork, composed of flat boards. (Queen Anne) They are rarely flat, have a variety of projections, protrusions, and volumes.
  • Windows (Stick Style) one-over-oe and two-over-two are common. (Queen Anne) Use a variety of windows from casements with leaded panes to Palladian and arched windows.
  • Roofs (Stick Style) multiple steeply pitched roofs may be gabled, cross gabled, or hipped. (Queen Anne) Most buildings have a multiplicity of steeply pitched roofs or they can be flat, some have domers.
  • Site orientation for (Queen Anne) have lawns surrounding them.
  • (Queen Anne) Floor plans for commerical structures have no typical floor plan. Residential have irregular floor plans centered on living halls.

Women’s Pavilion

S. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church

Hotel del Coronado

John N. A. Griswold House

Mark Twain House

Carson House


Types of rooms include living halls which consist of the living room, entrance hall, and circulation spaces.

  • Color vary with the interior style chosen
  • Lighting- most houses have gas light in gasoliers, sconces, and portable lamps.
  • Floors are mostly wood with rugs, middle class have carpet
  • Walls are decorated according to the style choosen, wallpaper and paint are the most common
  • Queen Anne chimneypieces usually have broken pediments surmounting shelves for display
  • Window Treatments vary from simple panels to layers of treatments. Lace curtains are fashionable.
  • Doors have simple surrounds, are paneled and stained a dark color
  •  Ceilings are usually a lighter tint than the walls. Queen Anne ceilings may have low-relief plaster decorations.

Molly Brown House

Jeremiah Nunan House

Furnishing and Decorative Arts:

Types – Factory- made office furniture of flat or rolltop desks and chairs is readily available and affordable. Everything seemed to be mail- ordered.

Queen Anne Mantel

Queen Anne Art

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