BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Queen Anne Victorian architecture, popularized in the late 19th century, still offers a few remaining examples of its colorful, eclectic style. Though many such homes have vanished in the United States, a new Bedford listing is a classic example of the style, but with modern updates and amenities.
49 The Parkway Road in Bedford, built in 1896, features many of the details that made Queen Anne Victorians one of the most popular styles in turn-of-the-century America. The wraparound porch with gazebo, gingerbread trim and stained glass interior are just some of the details that define the home's unique style. The five bedroom, five bathroom home is listed for $1,195,000 by Ginnel Real Estate.
Named after Queen Anne of England, who reigned from 1707 to 1714, Queen Anne Victorians didn't become popular in America until the late 1800's. The first example of Queen Anne architecture came in the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, the first “world’s fair” held in the United States. It was there that Americans admired the Britain-constructed buildings. Eventually, American architects adopted this style, melding the style's traditional characteristics with an American twist.
Today, 49 The Parkway Road still stands constructed with many common 19th century materials including colorful wood shingles. The eccentric look extends to the interior of the home which features stained glass windows, oak wood staircases and a front parlor with a tin ceiling. Though built over 100 years ago, the home's 2,600 sq. ft. feature modern updates to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Unfortunately, many of America's early Queen Anne Victorian buildings have been lost to neglect or changing architectural tastes. However, for homeowners looking to take a step back in history in Bedford, 49 The Parkway Road serves as a quintessential example of this unique architectural style.
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