The two-story house with an english basement is a Queen Anne which was originally constructed in 1896, with a rear addition in the 1980s. The original barn on the property exists even today and has been converted into a garage, as stated by the petitioner in the attached narrative.

Queen Anne was a dominant Victorian architectural style at the end of the 19th century. Built in 1896, the home was built in the Victorian era. At this time, the Industrial Revolution led to an expansion in the railway system lending the ability to create more elaborate residential projects. Doors, windows, roofs, siding, and detailing were able to be produced in factories and made more accessible by shipping through railway. Some of the important features of Queen Anne include the asymmetrical building style with steeply pitched, cross-gabled roofs incorporating projecting gables ornamented in shingling patterns. Tower bays and elaborate porches are also a notable feature of Queen Anne style. The porches usually include elaborate spindlework, balusters and pediments with stick or shingle work. Queen Anne is a prevalent architectural style found in the E.H. Prince’s Subdivision in Downers Grove which includes 4502 Prince Street.

The property at 4502 Prince Street includes many such distinguishing features including asymmetry and variation in rooflines. Ornamentation, spindlework and elaborate decoration can be found in the front porch elements of the house. A tower is present at the front façade – a key feature in the Queen Anne. The use of varied color is found on the home as well. Many original features still exist on the property including the original fret work (ornamental wood design) on the front porch, the clapboard siding, the original hand pump for the well, and original wood double-hung windows controlled with rope, pulleys, and ironweights. The garage on the property is the original barn as seen in the picture dated 1916. It has been maintained in its original condition with manually operated doors. The rear addition of the house blends with the existing style and includes a family room and a rear deck. The landmark designation of the house is applicable to the front façade only.