|Queen Anne - 1501 15th Street|
This lovely upper Liberty Street home has many characteristics of the Queen Anne style including its large, rambling structure, hip roof, generous, wrap around, columned and pedimented porch, tall, heavily corbelled chimneys and unornamented, single-paned, double hung windows.
Built late in the Queen Anne period, this design speaks of the transition toward Shingle Style. Early Shingle Style sought to simplify and create order in the building mass of the heavily textured walls of Queen Anne, seen here as flat planes between the second floor windows.
Shingle style also creates voids in walls, made possible by the move from balloon framing to platform framing. For example, notice the porch on the second floor right side, sheltered by the large red bracket. Its roof is an extended floor for the dormer above. The porch’s location is only made possible by platform framing. This void is an indicator of advancing Shingle style.
The green detail of cris-crossed sticks on the third floor dormer suggests the actual construction of the wall’s interior, a Stick motif, an earlier phase, preceding Queen Anne, that sought to describe the actual construction of the wood framing inside the wall. The simple box-and-dot motif on the cornice below points out this quite contemporary move toward simpler, lighter construction, even as the delicate wreath and vine Neoclassical details on the front porch pediment recall the past.