This Queen Anne house, built in 1901, also shares Classical and Georgian Revival touches. George S. Palmer was an investor in the Parker Pen Company, which was founded by George S. Parker in 1889.
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.