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Queen Anne style buildings in the United States came into vogue during the 1880s, replacing the French-derived Second Empire as the 'style of the moment'. The popularity of high Queen Anne style waned in the early 1900s, but some elements continued to be found on buildings into the 1920s, such as the wrap-around front porch (often L-shaped).
The Queen Anne style itself hastened the end of High Victorian decorating—which had become heavy, lavish, undiscriminating. It was a time of architectural reform, mass production and increasing choices, and the first stirrings of the Colonial Revival.
Interiors drew from many styles, including the avant-garde Aesthetic and Anglo–Japanese. These mingled nostalgically with various antiques and symbols of “the old days.” Rooms were decidedly not overstuffed. In fact, proper 1860s parlors were ridiculed by the new tastemakers, who hated floral carpets, florid mirror frames, and carved rosewood furniture with white marble tops.
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