Sometimes the homes have just one main
staircase, but frequently there are two with the smaller staircase leading
up from the kitchen area.
||About Queen Anne
THE QUEEN ANNE VICTORIANS
This information has been supplied by the Publication
Richmond Hill", Published by The Richmond Hill Chapter of The Queens
Historical Society ©1980 and made possible in part by grants from
The Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City, The Richmond Hill Savings
Bank, The Columbia Savings and Loan Association, and the Consolidated Edison
Company of New York.
The hallmark of the Queen Anne interior is an oversized
entry hall, signaling the supposed affluence of the owner. The entry foyers
in the Richmond Hill Victorians are large and varied with massive oak staircases
and attractively turned newels and balustrades.
Many are trimmed with wainscotting. The main staircase
frequently travels upward through the interior of an oriel, an architectural
projection that begins on the upper story of a house. An oriel can extend
either one or two stories; we have both types in Richmond Hill. Usually,
leaded glass windows are used at some level of the staircase. These windows
are made of colored glass of different shapes and sizes held together by
lead to form a design. The straight lines of glass in the design are easier
to produce than the curved design which recquires more skill. Bright colors
of glass have produced spectacular results in Richmond Hill homes when
the sun streams through these windows. The results are dazzling.