Queen Anne is perhaps the most ornate style of the Victorian period evident
in Colorado. Popular between 1880 and 1910, the style varies from the highly
decorative Grafton Apartments and Flower-Vaile House to a more restrained
version found in many residential neighborhoods.
General characteristics include a vertical orientation, asymmetrical massing,
corner towers and bays, prominent decorative porches, projecting gables, and
contrasting materials, particularly brick and wood. The degree of ornamentation
usually distinguishes the high style from the vernacular.
Ornamentation is emphasized on a high style Queen Anne through the use of
scalloped and painted shingles in the gable ends, decorative bargeboards,
sunburst detailing, and turned spindles on porches and balconies. The corner
tower is prominent, but not always found on a high style building, nor is
it always located on the corner.
The vernacular Queen Anne is generally less ornate, but usually features
the shingled gables, asymmetrical massing, and some decorative detailing,
The vernacular examples have enough decoration to distinguish it from the
categories which are strictly vernacular.
Here are some designated landmarks in Longmont that are representative of
the Queen Anne style.