Backstory and Context
According to the records of the Quapaw Quarter Association, in the mid-1890s a man named Patrick Crawford purchased at this location a house which had originally been built by William Allison. It’s unclear if Crawford then greatly remodeled a house already situated on the property or demolished the original structure, replacing it with the existing Queen Anne style house.
In the United States, the Queen Anne Style of architecture refers to a wide range of picturesque buildings which borrow freely from the architectural features of the Italian Renaissance and avoid the features of English Gothic. Queen Anne Style runs from approximately 1880 to 1910 and refers to architecture, decorative arts, and furniture. In architecture, the Queen Anne Style incorporates distinctive gables and turrets, asymmetrical facades, dominant front-facing gables which are often cantilevered out beyond the supporting wall, pedimented porches, balconies, overhanging eaves, leaded glass, dentils, balustrades, columns, and wooden or slate roofs.
At any rate, the Allison-Crawford House today clearly demonstrates the Queen Anne Style with its front-facing gabled roof, asymmetrical facade, delicate columns, and ornate decorative embellishments.