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Queen Anne-Style Houses

Lacy ornamentation and wrap-around porches lend Queen Anne-style architecture warmth and whimsy.
The abundance of ornamental details on Queen Anne-style houses provides ample surfaces for decorative painting.

Gingerbread Houses
Queen Anne-style houses are easily recognized by their heavy ornamentation and wrap-around porches.


Wilson Block Historic District
2808, 2812, 2816, 2824, 2902, 2906, 2910, 2916, and 2922 Swiss Avenue

State-Thomas Historic District
2606, 2620, and 2701 State Street
2519, 2613, and 2616 Thomas Street
2700, 2701, 2707, 2711, and 2715 Hibernia Street

Munger Place Historic District
4903 and 4911 Reiger Street

Peak’s Suburban Historic District
4503 Junius Street
4620, 4702, 4706, and 4802 Swiss Avenue

205 N. Church Street
523, 524, and 608 W. Hunt Street
513 W. Louisiana Street
608 W. Tucker Street
605, 702, 703, and 801 N. College Street

412 W. Marvin Avenue
1201 E. Marvin Avenue
500 Oldham Street
233 Patrick Street
1203 W. Main Street

During the Victorian period, Queen Anne-style houses reigned supreme in Texas towns. Laden with gingerbread ornamentation and wrapped in porches, these houses look quaint today, but they were the first truly modern houses. Their lacy decoration was actually produced by the boisterous machines of the Industrial Revolution.

Easily identified by their distinctive high-pitched hipped roofs with lower front and side-facing gables, textured wood shingles, and front porches (that usually wrap around one side of the house), Queen Anne houses are among the most complex in architectural history, ornamenting every surface in sight. Even door hinges were embossed.

But not all have the gingerbread so identified with the style. A great many Queen Annes built after 1893, when the influential Columbian Exposition in Chicago rekindled America’s love affair with classical columns, have columns for porch supports and dentils and other classically inspired details.

The vast majority of the most elaborate Queen Annes in Dallas have been demolished, making way for the downtown skyscrapers, leaving only a few fine survivors in the State-Thomas, Wilson Block, and Peak’s Suburban historic districts. But a number of the small towns near Dallas, so prosperous with cotton during the late 19th century, have many large Queen Anne houses remaining.