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Historian to discuss Queen Anne style in Sycamore

The Sycamore Public Library is one of 200 Queen Anne structures in Sycamore. Richard M. Cooler will explore the qualities of this architectural style during his talk on Oct. 18
The Sycamore Public Library is one of 200 Queen Anne structures in Sycamore. Richard M. Cooler will explore the qualities of this architectural style during his talk on Oct. 18

The Sycamore residential area contains more than 200 buildings that record the radical style change that developed in late 19th to early 20th century known as the Queen Anne style. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Sycamore resident and architectural historian, Richard M. Cooler, will lead an illustrated lecture on the Victorian architectural style that many Sycamore residents chose for their homes. Those who attend the program will be able to walk away with the skills to identify Queen Anne homes in Sycamore and in other communities.

This radical architectural style, as well as new processes for home construction, was possible because new building products were available over the recently constructed railroads connecting Sycamore to manufacturing plants throughout the country.

The accessibility to these novel products was advertised by local builders who constructed model homes for display on floats during parades.

Also, and most importantly, companies such as Sears and Roebuck provided access through massive mail order catalogs which offered plans, parts, hardware, furniture and even, entire pre-cut homes – all available by rail.

The consequent increase in demand allowed for these innovative plans and parts to be purchased and delivered for affordable prices and thus were incorporated into a wide range of Sycamore homes from 1880-1915.

“We are honored to have Dr. Cooler share his knowledge about Queen Anne homes.

The Sycamore History Museum receives many calls related to local architecture, and this is a great opportunity to share information about our community’s history,” Michelle Donahoe, museum executive director, said in a news release.

The program will take place at 7 p.m. in the DeKalb County Community Foundation’s Freight Room. There is a $5 charge for the program.

For information, call 815-895-5762 or visit sycamorehistory.org.

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