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1890 Queen Anne Victorian

Benicia Downtown Historic District
Benicia, California 94510

Riddell-Fish House

Riddell-Fish House, Benicia, CA
Riddell-Fish House, Benicia, CA
This is one of the most elaborate and grandest houses in Benicia. It is a fine example of Queen Anne architecture, is associated with a pioneer family of Benicia, and exemplifies the economic development of the community in the late 19th century. It provides an interesting contrast to the middle and working class Italianate cottages that occupy the rest of the block.
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West side
West side
East side
East side
front stairs
front stairs
Henrietta and Franklin Fish
Henrietta and Franklin Fish
Bedrooms 4
Full Baths 3
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 3,433
Stories 3
Lot Size 25583 sq ft


  • A Painted Lady
  • 1st Floor Bath
  • Basement
  • Bonus Room
  • Breakfast Room
  • Crawl Space
  • Dining room
  • Dry Basement
  • Foyer
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Living room
  • Utility Room
  • Walk-Up Attic
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 1 Car Garage
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Automatic outside lights
  • Circular driveway
  • Driveway - Paved
  • Fenced Yard
  • Garden
  • Gated Entry
  • Gazebo
  • Rear Deck
  • Restored exterior
  • Sprinkler System
  • Workshop
  • 2nd Staircase
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • Built-in Cabinets
  • Carpet
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Fireplaces
  • Gas Logs
  • Grand staircase
  • High Ceilings
  • Jacuzzi
  • Natural gas fireplace
  • Original wood windows
  • Walk-In Closet(s)
  • Wood floors
  • Shingle Roof
  • Central air
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Disposal
  • Gas heating
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Sprinkler System
  • Water Heater - Gas
  • 12-foot Ceilings
  • Claw-foot Tub(s)
  • Pocket Doors
  • Ripple Glass
  • Servant's Staircase
  • Stained Glass Window(s)
  • Turret

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Built circa 1890 by Franklin and Henrietta Riddell Fish this is one of the largest and most impressive houses in Benicia. A high style Queen Anne design, it exhibits all of the major characteristics of the style including a dominant front facing gable, varied and decorative cladding, canted and square bays, and a prominent turret. The house is asymmetrical with a multi-plane façade. It is three story with a steeply pitched roof. At the first floor level a centrally located porch and entry is flanked on the east by a canted bay and on the west by a plane wall surface that ends in a canted corner window. The porch is covered by a shed roof supported on paired posts and an arched lintel. The double entry door is paneled and glazed. At the second story level the front façade is
broken up by a square bay that rises above the lower story canted bay, a ribbon of windows above the porch roof, and the lower portion of the turret.
The second level is clad with multiple patterns of shingle and a decorative cornice in the center bay. At the third floor or roof level there is a prominent gable with plain fascia. An arched double hung window with side lights is inset into the gable end. On the west side of the roof a steeply pitched roof crowns the corner turret. It has a decorative cornice and a metal finial. A metal decorative rail runs along the gable ridge. There is a prominent corbelled brick chimney on the east elevation.

Archived in September, 2011

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