A Cottage Orné in Nebraska

The Hanson-Downing House in Kearney, NE, H. Keith Sawyers photo.

A picturesque house with asymmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation, the well-preserved 1880’s dwelling is an American interpretation of the “cottage orné” style. The style was popular in England a century earlier.

Boldly demonstrating the versatility of wood, the design is an assemblage of forms and details drawn from numerous sources, including the Queen Anne and Stick styles. Cottage orné (like Stick Style) can be considered a variation or sub-category of the Queen Anne style.

Charles E. Hanson built the house in 1886 and Wallace A. Downing purchased it in 1887.

Twenty-five architectural styles are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style of a house will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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