Not sure about the English royal family, but in American architecture, the Queen Anne style is the last gasp of the Victorian, bridging the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century. As with many last gasps, it often seems a distracted style, combining shapes and materials in busy, eclectic and often bold combinations – – as if it were trying to become something else. Sometimes this works, as shown by this shingled half round addition to a country mansard in Newton, Massachusetts. But if you curve the wall, you have to curve the windows themselves – – and then the storm windows. Cleary and Son, Inc., of Waltham was hired to restore the existing windows, which were curved, of course, and then to furnish storm windows, which had to be furnished with curved glass as well. A minor touch, you would think, but it gives this architectural feature conviction. It is one of those critical details that helps make the overall design work.
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