What style is it? This lovely house began life as a fine Federal style house built of brick and granite with an elegant leaded elliptical fanlight over the entrance and matching sidelights – very typical of the style. In the mid-19th century, it experienced an Italianate style make over, with a bracketed belvedere added to the roof and a bay window and porch added below – typical Italianate features. At the start of the 20th century, it received a Colonial Revival style makeover, primarily on the interior but the balustrade was likely added to the porch at this time – it is typical of that style.
Many historic houses have similarly layered stylistic histories. Unfortunately, not all end up feeling as unified and whole as this one does. As a rule, these changes that occurred long ago should be considered a significant part of the history and character of the house and their preservation prioritized.
Style identification is covered in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Identifying changes over time and designing alterations that prioritize preservation of character-defining features are covered in Chapter 3.
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