Stick Style Summer Cottage at Bar Harbor

A Stick Style Victorian era summer cottage at Bar Harbor, Maine, constructed in 1878 by William F. Holland, a banker from Savannah, Georgia. Bar Harbor was one of America’s great Gilded Age summer resorts.

The Stick Style shares many features with the Queen Anne style but has several distinctions. It was named by noted architectural historian Vincent Scully, who traced its development in the mid-19th century in his influential 1955 book, The Shingle Style and the Stick Style. The book is still in print and well worth owning if you have an interest in Victorian era architecture.

He finds the roots of the style in the work of A.J. Downing and quotes a description of a design from a Downing book, “It partakes somewhat of Italian and Swiss features.” It was a popular style for Victorian summer cottages. That description perfectly fits the wonderful frieze and bracketed eave trim on this example, now an inn.

Stick Style is one of 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.

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