This rendering from the April 1892 issue of “Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition” contains a wealth of information of interest to lovers of Queen Anne style Victorian homes. From 1885 to 1915, this publication published renderings (and later photographs), floor plans, and written descriptions of hundreds of architect-designed houses throughout the United States.
The colored renderings, like this one, are particularly useful for documenting the paint color schemes of the period, showing not only the colors used but where they were used on different parts of the building.
In 2014, I co-authored “Homes Down East, Classic Maine Coastal Cottages and Town Houses” with Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth and architect Chris Glass. It focused on the 53 Maine houses that appeared in “Scientific American B&E Edition,” reproducing the historic material along with new photographs by architectural photographer David Clough.
Dave worked with me again, photographing the 13 featured houses for “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. published in 2019.”
Both books are available in bookstores and from online retailers. Some local bookstores are open for phone orders and pickup, they can order copies from W.W. Norton.
Homes Down East: http://ow.ly/qvoF50zbLg8
Restoring Your Historic House: http://ow.ly/7x6950zbLhr
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