The "Queen Anne" style was popular in the United States in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is the style most frequently meant when the generic term “Victorian” is used. Distinctive features of American Queen Anne style may include an asymmetrical facade; dominant front-facing gable, overhanging eaves, one or more towers, a porch covering part or all of the front facade, a second-story porch or balconies, differing wall textures, such as patterned wood shingles shaped into varying designs (including resembling fish scales), classical columns, spindle work, monumental chimneys, and wooden or slate roofs. Front gardens often had wooden fences.
The house on 83707 Grand River, painted “centerline yellow,” is a wonderful example of Queen Anne architecture. The house has been the residence of Lee Begole, former long-time Novi Police chief and Public Safety officer.