National Register of Historic Places in Humboldt County
The Simpson-Vance House is an exciting example of Queen Anne architecture, richly embellished with a variety of ornamental detail. Corner tower, stacked bays, and varied rooflines identify the basic style, but it is the generously-applied flat and spindlework ornamentation covering the frieze, portico, bays, windows, and tower that sets this fine house apart.
The house was built for Eureka contractor/builder, James Simpson, and his large family. Although architectural historian David Gebhard includes this house on the list of buildings designed by the Newsom Brothers, it seems more reasonable that the house was a basic plan book design adapted to the needs of the Simpson family by Simpson and E. G. Mowry.
Excerpted from the NRHP Nomination.