Anderson-Frank House

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Anderson-Frank House

The Anderson–Frank House (also known as the James Buchannan Anderson House) is a historic home in Tampa designed by Francis J. Kennard and Michael J. Miller. On April 22, 1982, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The house was built for James B. Anderson from 1898-1901. It is a two-and-a-half-story house widely considered a premier example of Colonial Revival style architecture in the area. However, the asymmetrical design and wraparound porch are elements of the Queen Anne style architecture in the United States.

American Queen Anne Style Architecture

In the United States, Queen Anne-style architecture was popular from roughly 1880 to 1910. The style bears almost no relationship to the English Baroque architecture produced in the actual reign of Queen Anne from 1702 to 1714. It actually doesn't even have a formulaic architectural style. "Queen Anne" is an alternative to the French-derived Second Empire and Beaux-Arts architecture styles. The term is broadly applied to buildings, furniture, and decorative arts from the era. Although Queen Anne style doesn't follow a formula, it does have several characteristic elements. In addition to asymmetrical facades and wraparound porches, this style often includes second-story porches, monumental chimneys, classical columns, and towers of various shapes.

The Carson Mansion in Eureka California is widely considered one of the best examples of the Queen Anne style.

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