Stick Style, Queen Anne

Uniquely American, the Stick Style in architecture reinterprets medieval 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. Highly eclectic, the style combines elements from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.

Stick Style: applied to american buildings as a half-timbered appearance rendered in wood, the Stick Style develops during the 1850’s from concepts of the Picturesque, historicism, and Gothic Revival theory.
English Queen Anne: the style of choice of the middle class. Although its name suggests the early 18th century, highly eclectic Queen Anne includes characteristics from English vernacular, Elizabethan, Tudor, and Japanese architecture.
American Queen Anne: translate elements of English Queen Anne into wood and use it primarily for residences. Appeals to the home and ancestry toward the middle class.

1. Types: primarily residential, state pavilions, and some churches.
2. Materials: Stickwood, composed of flat boards, creates panels that organize the structure. May be horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
3. Windows: One over one or two over two sash windows are most common although some have bay windows. Shutters are not used.
4. Roofs: Multiple steeply pitched roofs may be gabled, cross gabled, or hipped with wide eaves and large brackets beneath to support them.
5. Queen Anne: offices, schools, colleges, shops, pubs, hospitals, hotels, and churches. Materials used are normally brown brick with red brick trim or ONLY red brick.

NOW ENJOY SOME AWESOME Victorian Revival: Stick Style and Queen Anne architectural wonders 🙂

Types of furniture includes factory made office furniture of flat or rolltop desks and chairs is readily available and affordable.
Distincitve features from Queen Anne furniture features broken pediments, fretwork, turned balusters, columns, and pilasters. Characteristics of Sheraton, Adam, and Chippendale may mix together. The use of gold-finished oak, applied carving, and embossed decoration characterizes middle-class factory-made furniture.
Relationships in furniture has completed its migration from the perimeter of the room and is arranged neart lighting and for use. 🙂 FINALLY!

I COMMAND YOU TO LOOK AT THE IMAGES BELOW …..(cue the swirling black and white hypnotizing screen)

Symbols and Motifs:
Motifs include sunflowers, pediments, columns, spindles, scrollwork, quoins, Flemish gables, strapwork, swags, cherubs, flowers, and foliage.

Decorative Arts:
Numerous brackets and shelves on furniture, the mantel, and wall shelves display blue and white porcelain and other ceramics. Japanese fans and peacock feathers may add an exotic touch. Stands hold plants and flowers. Mirrors, paintings, and prints may cover walls.

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2 Responses to Stick Style, Queen Anne

  1. dociesoph0308 says:

    Hello! I am a professor at the Urban and Regional Studies Institute at Minnesota State University, Mankato. I came across your blog as I was looking for interesting images of historic architecture, and was wondering if you would let me use some of the exterior images for my classroom presentations. They are well framed, show excellent examples, and very clear (much better than I’ve been able to achieve with my little point-and-click digital camera).

    My class is a joint undergrad/ graduate level historic preservation class, and I’m starting them off with learning the styles and the style components, so needless to say, showing good images is critical. They are not, however, used outside the classroom, they are not for profit or commercial use, and won’t be used in publications or other areas. Just classroom presentations, with very controlled access.

    I would, of course, credit you on each image as the source using whatever terminology you like (i.e. ‘Image: Designergirlee’ or another name you’d prefer, and list your web address). I cannot pay for the images (I’m still paying off student loans myself), but it could direct traffic to your site!

    My name is Beth Heidelberg, and you can check out my department’s web site (to check my legitimacy) at: If you would like more information about the course, or if you have any questions (or want to say “sure, go ahead and use the images”), please contact me at

    Thank you! And I really enjoy your blog!

    • Hey!
      No Problem. You may use my blog as a reference for your classroom studies. I feel quite flattered you asked me at all. I am happy that someone is appreciating my studies and blogging 🙂
      Have a wonderful class and semester.
      Thanks again,

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