October 8, 2012
From Brick To Brick
From gothic to colonial to Queen Ann style there are many different types of homes in Quincy, Illinois. Quincy has a rich architectural history filled with many interesting designs and styles. Some of these styles include colonial, vernacular, Queen Ann, Gothic and Romanesque. One can distinguish between the different types of houses by noticing various features such as columns, roofing, chimneys, decorations and brick style. Based off the construction and detailing on the house one can decide what type of house it is.
Most people are not aware of how many different styles of houses there are in the world. The style of house varies due to its time of origin and country of origin. For example, a house in Moscow in 1980 will differ from a house in Chicago 2012 because the cultures and beliefs are different. There were also many architectural advances between 1980 and 2012. Things change over time and like the differences between the two time periods, the houses in Quincy are different from other houses around the country. These factors are important to keep in mind when evaluating the architecture of a house.
Located at 205 South 16th Street stands a house different from most. Its brick is layed in an orthodox pattern and its windows are long and narrow. The slender columns around the front porch suggest a Queen Ann style of house, but its curved roofing and widows walk make it more of a vernacular type of home. The house has multiple embellishments which also suggest that it could be a Queen Ann type of building because Queen Ann style homes have numerous amounts of detail and small, slender columns. For instance, this particular home has detailing on the crowning above the windows. Above the windows and front door is a structure that is painted yellow and has several details carved into it to make it look similar to the edge of lace. This draws attention to the...