National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County

National Register #95001153: Larsen Family House in Willits
20 November 2005
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National Register #95001153
Larsen Family House
84 State Street
Built 1904

The Larsen Family House is quintessential Queen Anne architecture, the purest and most Victorian of that style extant in Willits. Built after the turn-of-the-century when transitional styles were moving away from the Victorian into the Craftsman period, the house has a full complement of identifying Queen Anne characteristics and is uncompromised by features of other styles.

Characteristic Queen Anne features include the steeply pitched gable-on-hip roof with projecting side gables, cutaway bays, asymmetrical front facade and wrap-around veranda, a corner tower, and spindlework detail. Gables and bays, the spacious veranda with its curved windows, decorative woodwork, and roof projections are used to avoid the flat wall surface shunned in Queen Anne architecture.

Extracted from the NRHP nomination.

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