queen anne style doghouse
Photo: Alison Rosa
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Queen Anne: A Queen Fit for a Duke

Victorian-era style gets thrown a curve in this doggie den topped by a conical-capped turret.

House: Queen Anne, 1880-1910
Dog: Duke

When you're a 90-pound Newfoundland, a simple studio apartment won't do. You need something suitably majestic. Something big and substantial, something with character. What you need is a front-lawn Queen Anne. With its intersecting rooflines, multiple gabled dormers, wraparound porches, and soaring turrets, a Queen Anne is the most over-the-top of Victorian-era styles. No detail is too ornate, from the exuberantly carved porch balusters to the often eye-poppingly vivid color schemes. So it's only fitting that our canine castle—6 feet square, 5 feet tall, and a hefty 250 pounds—sports the same level of obsessive craftsmanship, right down to the witch's-hat peak, coopered together with 24 individual staves of mahogany. The color palette, borrowed from the circa-1900 main house, is white on the body, yellow on the door and window trim, and pastel purple on the dormer. Even the porch ceiling is painted sky blue, a classic period detail. Breaks our heart that dogs are color-blind.
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