What is going on? This house is an example of how buildings can change through time. Sometime around 1910 this ca.1890 Queen Anne had a fire which destroyed the roof. Rather than rebuild the original roof, the owners built one typically found on Foursquare homes popular at that time. It is unclear whether this decision was a stylistic one or due to expense, since rebuilding the more complicated Queen Anne roof would have been more expensive. The results are not unpleasant, but do lead to a moment of pause as we try to reconcile the different parts into a stylistic whole.However, when you look at this house as a whole, something does not look quite right. Here are a few things that stick out to me. On most buildings the rake angle of gables and the pitch of the roof are similar. That isn’t the case here as the gable on the porch roof has a much steeper angle than the very low-pitched roof. Queen Anne houses are also known for their asymmetrical shape where bay windows, porches and wings are often capped with a complicated roof with hips, valleys, gables and dormers. This roof is symmetrical and does not follow the irregular shape of the house below.