“A Residence in Kansas City, MO” 1887

This rendering of a Queen Anne residence in Kansas City, MO is from the July 1887 issue of “Scientific American Architects and Builders Edition.” From 1885 to 1915, this publication published renderings (and later photographs), floor plans, and written descriptions of architect-designed houses throughout the United States.

The Queen Anne Style was developed in England and made its way to American in the 1870’s. Initially used for grand mansions, it was eventually used for everything from millworker cottages to upper-middle-class homes like the one illustrated.

Period publications are an excellent source of information about houses of different eras. Color renderings like this one are very helpful in researching appropriate paint schemes. The Scientific American issues are filled with architectural drawings, including trim and millwork details, and many ads for building materials and products.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.

The 720-page best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/N7ba50y4PSL).

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author on this site.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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