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Post 19th Century Southern Ontario Part 5: Queen Anne, Romanesque

19th Century Southern Ontario

Part 1: Georgian, Neo-Classical, Regency
Part 2: Gothic Revival
Part 3: Italianate
Part 4: Second Empire
Part 6: Late Victorian urban housing




Part 5: Queen Anne, Romanesque

The Queen Anne Revival style is the most varied and versatile of the Victorian styles, and is probably most
commonly associated with "Victorian" houses in the popular imagination. Queen Anne homes can take many forms
and incorporate elements from other styles, but generally the Queen Anne style is characterized by asymmetrical
shapes, towers and exuberant details. There are some variations within this style: "Eastlake" is associated
with intricate woodworking, especially on porches. "Shingle" is self explanatory. "Stick" emphasizes the
structure or frame of the house in the details, but is rarely seen in Ontario. The height of Queen Anne Revival was
in the 1890s.

As Richardsonian Romanesque became popular in many institutional and public buildings, its elements were often
combined with Queen Anne. Although less common, some houses may be characterized as Romanesque.

London






Thamesville


Oakville


An exotic house in Sarnia


Guelph


Chatham




Dundas






Although Southern Ontario is known for its brick, there are some wooden examples

Sarnia



Wallaceburg


Welland


Elora


Amherstburg


Waterdown


Even Hamilton has some wooden houses








These are the closest to the shingle style I have photos of (all in Hamilton)









But most are brick in Hamilton:








Townhouse style:
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Hamilton chateauesque



Queen Anne/Romanesque

With the popularity and versatility of the Queen Anne style, the wealthy had to do something to differentiate
themselves. The more expenseive rusticated stone and arches of Richardsonian Romesque were often combined with
Queen Anne elements.
Many of these hybrids can be found in The Annex in Toronto.

The Annex, Toronto
















The combo is also found in Toronto's Cabbagetown.


..and in Hamilton










London has examples:




And even Paris



More fully Romanesque:

The Annex


Petrolia:


Hamilton:


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Fantastic photos. These type of tours of yours are right up my alley! Just marvelous architecture.
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Nice pictures. It's interesting how the Queen Anne was mixed with Richardson Romanesque.

When was the Thamesville thread?
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Nice pictures. It's interesting how the Queen Anne was mixed with Richardson Romanesque.

When was the Thamesville thread?
Thamesville (along with Ridgetown and Dresden) is in this thread from last spring: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=151330
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The Queen Anne influence continued in Ontario continued well after the Victorian era. By the turn of the century there was a growing reactionary movement toward more simple and functional houses after late Victorian excess. The houses pictured below were all probably built well into the early 1900s, keeping the irregular Queen Anne form and some of its elements, like towers, but with more classical details and much less ornamentation.

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Chatham




Dresden


Welland


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I totally found myself salavating after looking at this thread, not like I could eat them, just didn't know how else to get excited!
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We have a few buildings like that here, but man you guys are lucky to have such a variety of architecture. Throughout all your recent sorts of tours I'm really enjoying old Ontario, you don't see stuff like this west of Winnipeg save Vancouver. You guys must take it for granted.
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You guys must take it for granted.
"Victorian rot" was torn down without a second thought for many years, and continues to be in danger even today. One reason is that these kinds of houses can be very expensive to maintain, so many fall into disrepair or are even abandoned.

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^Perhaps, but your stock still left is still amazing. Your shortage to us would probably be jaw dropping to have here .
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