Stunning Queen Anne Style House, Fairfield, Iowa

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On one of the main roads into downtown Fairfield, Iowa, sits this amazing example of the Queen Ann Style, lovingly restored to its original appearance.

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While a house such as this probably featured a large amount of custom woodwork, the Queen Ann Style was precipitated by the mass production of ornamental woodwork in the Nineteent Century, allowing elaborate, fanciful decorations.

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Elaborate, complex roof lines and porches give these houses the appearance of a fairy tale castle; they are typically built of wood frames, but there are brick and even stone examples of this style.

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Turrets, alluding to the Medieval architectural influences, are also prominent in the style, as can be seen below.  The chimneys are often arranged asymmetrically as well.

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The massive carriage house for the mansion is still preserved, and it looks like it will probably be renovated next.

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