Drag Queen Architecture:  Houses and buildings all tarted up – pretending to be something they are not.

 

Vintage Drag

Vintage Drag

Not all stylistic makeovers are of recent origin - homeowners have had a penchant for remodeling for as long as there have been houses.  Here are a few "Before and After" transformations taken from vintage decorating magazines and a promotional brochure for stucco:  ...

Extreme Makeover c. 1972

Extreme Makeover c. 1972

Some remodelings are more exhaustive than others.  This structure, for example, was re-imagined somewhere in the past, likely the early 1970's.  The then-popular mansard roof was used as a device to completely conceal the second story while stucco, diamond-paned...

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Although this house is clearly struggling with its identity, it's quite obvious that the house was originally styled in the Craftsman manner; it probably dates to around 1915.  Surviving original defining details include the projecting eaves with exposed rafter tails,...

A Tudor in Drag

A Tudor in Drag

This house was built as a modest example of Tudor Revival, probably in the late 1920's or early 1930's.  If it weren't for the few surviving identifying characteristics typical of the style (projecting gabled brick entry with arched door and first story diamond-paned...

What a Drag!

What a Drag!

For whatever reason, lots of old houses and buildings have been "re-styled" to suit their owner's aesthetic preferences - often resulting in awkward appearances that are as cringe-worthy as drag queens competing on Amateur Night.  One of the most common types of house...