This Queen Anne house, built in 1889, has an interesting story behind it. It was originally located on the South Main Street site of the Carnegie Library. It was moved in two parts up the hill in 1902. Joseph Bostwick, partner of J.M. Bostwick and Sons Clothing store, was owner at the time of the move.
The most popular late nineteenth-century
style in Janesville is the Queen Anne (1880-1910). The roots of this style
extend to the 1870s, when medieval-manor house designs by British architect
Richard Norman Shaw inspired American architects to emulate its look. In the
mid-1870s, Queen Anne style houses were first built in coastal resorts and
expensive suburbs, but were quickly transferred to urban settings. Pattern
books and mail-order plans assisted in popularizing the many versions of the
Examples of Queen Anne style houses are found nearly everywhere
in Janesville, particularly in neighborhoods which developed after the
extensions of streetcar lines.