We feature seven bed and breakfasts named Queen Anne. The Queen Anne style in Britain refers to either the English Baroque architectural style approximately of the reign of Queen Anne (reigned 1702–1714), or a revived form that was popular in the last quarter of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century (known as Queen Anne revival).
In the United States, the so-called “Queen Anne style” is loosely used of a wide range of picturesque buildings with “free Renaissance” details rather than of a specific style in its own right. “Queen Anne” is broadly applied to architecture, furniture and decorative arts of the period 1880 to 1910.
Distinctive features of American Queen Anne style (rooted in the English style) can include:
- an asymmetrical façade
- dominant front-facing gable, often cantilevered out beyond the plane of the wall below
- overhanging eaves
- round, square, or polygonal tower(s)
- shaped and Dutch gables
- a porch covering part or all of the front facade, including the primary entrance area
- a second-story porch or balconies
- pedimented porches (
- differing wall textures (such as patterned wood shingles shaped into varying designs, including resembling fish scales, terra cotta tiles, relief panels, or wooden shingles over brickwork, etc.)
- dentils ( )
- classical columns
- spindle work
- oriel and bay windows
- horizontal bands of leaded windows
- monumental chimneys
- painted railing with support balusters
- wooden or slate roofs
- wraparound front porch
- front gardens often had wooden fences
Now that we know what they typically look like, the following bed and breakfast inns, found in the United States, are all named Queen Anne:
Queen Anne B&B Inn in Denver, Colorado: Built in 1879 and 1886, the Queen Anne was originally occupied by the Tabor family. The doors were opened to the public in 1987, when the Queen Anne became the first urban bed and breakfast in Denver.
Queen Anne B&B and Spa in Fredricksburg, Texas: Built in 1904, the elegant Queen Anne is truly the grande dame of Victorian architecture.
Queen Anne Guest House in Galena, Illinois: Their Victorian Queen Anne style B & B is situated 4 blocks from Main Street where the historic shops and restaurants of Galena begin. The Queen Anne has been featured in many books, including America’s Painted Ladies.
Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, California: This jewel of Victorian architecture has 48 elegant rooms & suites and features a lovely Parlor and Library with English & American antique furnishings, crackling fireplaces, chandeliers, and vibrant works of art.
Reagan’s Queen Anne B&B in Hannibal, Missouri: “Write your own story” when you stay in Mark Twain’s boyhood hometown of Hanibal while enjoying their graceful Painted Lady and Victorian jewel. Find gracious hospitality and comfortable elegance in their restored lumberman’s masterpiece, featuring original magnificently carved ornate woodwork, brass lighting fixtures, and stained glass windows.
The Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast in Natchitoches, Louisiana: At almost 100 years old, The Queen Anne continues to define elegance while offering excellent location in this unique city, combining American history with French sophistication.
The Queen Anne House Bed and Breakfast in Harrison, Arkansas: The Queen Anne House is an elegantly restored two story Victorian Home nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, only blocks from the historic town square of Harrison Arkansas. Enjoy their gingerbread trim, stained glass windows, Infinity spa hot tub, claw foot tubs and showers, beautiful gardens, a large wrap around front porch with rockers, an enclosed glass solarium, a beautifully ornate fireplace, and period antiques.
Several bed and breakfast inns were built using the Queen Anne architectural style. These bed and breakfasts thought it important enough to include that in their bed and breakfast name. What is the architectural style of your bed and breakfast and is that included in your bed and breakfast name? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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