I live in a 1901-02 built house that has a Queen Anne exterior, but  strongly colonial revival, large 1st and 2nd floor foyers.  So you could call it an eclectic house.  Because of the date of construction and the foyer style, I'm not sure if the strong colors of the high victorian era would be appropriate for it's exterior.  Can anyone make  suggestions or give opinions on this?  It's a 3-story house, set back from the street with lots of mature trees, and a brick carriage house in the rear.  Thanks!

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Comment by Lair Tienter on May 3, 2011 at 9:24am
pictures would sure help, If you have any to share with those of us with poor imaginations.
Comment by jane on May 8, 2011 at 5:02pm

pictures always make a huge difference - I hope you can post some.

Many Turn-of-the-Century houses were a mix of style - I have seen 'Spanish Mission' houses with Queen Anne Interiors, and many like yours with Queen Anne exteriors and Colonial Revival interiors. If you have a chance to look at a book of McKim, Mead, and White houses you will see an amazing mix of stuff.

Dover has a good book which has pictures of late Victorian houses in color that were originally in Scientific American. That might help. There is also a great reference: "A Century of Color" which shows paint advertisements 1830-1930. It may be hard to find as the last I knew it was out of print.

The colonial colors are yellows and whites and greys, sometimes stone colors and browns and sometimes red.  accents. But you are right that those colors may not do justice to a Queen Anne.

One thing to remember: from 1894-98 there was a depression with unemployment above 10% in some places. When the recovery came, people were less interested in the extravaganza of  Queen Anne trim and pattern. So even if your house is still in the mold, the color palette probably was quieter than 10 years earlier.


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