The Queen Anne style was popular in the late 1890s and early 1900s, but not many examples have survived in Edmonton.

Although the Queen Anne style originated in England in the 1800s, it was named for Queen Anne, who ruled in the early 1700s. In the 1860s a revival movement of the Queen Anne style began in England and soon moved across the Atlantic Ocean to North America, where the first Queen Anne home was built in 1874. The Queen Anne style in Edmonton was likely introduced in the 1890s by newcomers from eastern Canada, where it was already well established in residential design. However, unlike Ontario, Edmonton’s surviving Queen Anne homes are quite modest. While the basic form, including the roofline, verandahs, and turrets remain, few local Queen Anne homes have the ornate detailing seen elsewhere. The Queen Anne style was relatively uncommon in Edmonton, though there are a few remaining examples from the early 1900s.


  • Usually asymmetrical
  • Pyramidal or gable roofs, usually with cross gables
  • Common building materials included: red brick, stone or wood trim, wood clapboard or shingles
  • Wrap-around verandahs
  • Ornate spindlework and gingerbread trim
  • Turrets or towers
  • Dormers
  • Decorative elements used to avoid the appearance of smooth walls
  • Some have classical columns, half-timbering, or patterned brickwork



Character Defining Elements

Balcony, Balustrade, Bay window, Brackets, Brick cladding, Brick structure, Clapboard siding, Columns, Corbelling, Corner boards, Cornice, Decorative shingles, Dentil, Dormer, Gable roof, Gingerbread trim, Half storey, Hipped dormers, Hipped roof, Horizontal log structure, Intersecting gable roof, Irregular footprint, L shape footprint, Lintel, Nailed frame structure, Pier or Pillar, Porch, Pyramidal roof, Quoins, Rectangular footprint, Returned eaves, Shed roof dormer, Square footprint, Stained glass, Three storeys or more, Turret, Two & a half storeys, Two storeys, Veranda, Voussoirs, Widow's Walk, Wooden shingles


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