The Charms of an American Queen Anne: Rediscovered a-lá COVID-19

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Issue Vol. 3 No. 2 (2020)
Published Jul 30, 2020
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Submitted : May 23, 2020 | Accepted : Jul 7, 2020

David T. De Celis


This moment, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, has provided an opportunity—sometimes forced via crisis, or via moments of quiet reflection—to consider the inside, interior time and space, in new ways. In America, like other countries, architectural styles have come to us from foreign lands. Numerous domestic structures were influenced by British events from the 1700s–1800s. These styles—these architectures—were transformed by local/regional/national influences and events—events like this current international pandemic—that push the proverbial pause button, and cause us to re-think design. The author, who now resides and works (along with his family) in an 1886 Queen Anne style home, contemplates the various attributes and transformations of domestic architectures and the influences that shape them over time, asking: Why Queen Anne in America? How was it Victorian? And why is it relevant today? Empirical methods include observations and precedents-analysis, design work, the study of technological advances and interior-architecture history of the Victorian era. Emphasis on domesticity acknowledges both past and present by recognizing the importance of domestic architecture from the late 1700s through the 1800s, and into the present. Thus, we better understand how/why the Queen Anne style became ubiquitous in New England, and how its attributes of innate flexibility may help us today.

Keywords: architecture, domestic, Queen Anne, flexibility, COVID-19

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De Celis, D. T. (2020). The Charms of an American Queen Anne: Rediscovered a-lá COVID-19. Interiority, 3(2), 201–218.
Author Biography

David T. De Celis, Boston Architectural College/Rhode Island School of Design

David T. De Celis is a registered architect in the USA and a founding principal of De Celis Van Lauwe Design (DCVL Design), an interdisciplinary studio co-founded with longtime colleague Amy Van Lauwe. DCVL explores innovative space and form-making while celebrating relationships between art, architecture, other design disciplines, and performance. He has long pursued this interdisciplinary approach to academic endeavors and design practice―balancing teaching and volunteerism with practice. He has taught at the Boston Architectural College, RISD, and the University of Miami SoA. De Celis earned his M-Arch from Harvard’s GSD, and his B-Arch from University of Miami SoA. He has completed award-winning LEED projects and aims to incorporate biophilic design, passive strategies, and healthy environments in his works. Projects range from architecture and landscapes to furniture, set design, research-based studies, writings, and design-competitions. Before establishing DCVL, he freelanced in Miami, FL, then Cambridge, MA, where he now resides.