“Queen Anne” can be a confusing term in Seattle, thanks to a giant neighborhood bearing the name. But it got that name from an ornate architectural style popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, probably the first thing most think of when they think “Victorian”: opulent and extravagant, with turrets, bays, and showy millwork.
This particular Queen Anne, built in 1902 and designed by British-born Seattle architect Frederick A. Sexton, is in northeast Capitol Hill near Volunteer Park, and hangs onto most of its original, posh form in every room. A grand foyer opens to cascading formal spaces—a receiving area, living room, and dining room—separated by columned cased openings. An abundance of built-ins line the latticed windows. Even the massive eat-in kitchen has some vintage-styled appliances in reverence to the lovingly preserved details.
Upstairs, each of the four bedrooms are unique—two with balcony access, one with a sitting nook, another with a long window bench—and up in the finished attic, a giant bonus room carves out many functional spaces, including a playroom tucked in the top of the turret.