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