In the 1890’s, the elaborate Victorian ornamentation of Queen Anne style began to be replaced by more Classically inspired elements on houses that were still Queen Anne in form, creating the Free Classic version of Queen Anne.
This house is a good example – stylistically midway between earlier Queen Anne and the Colonial Revival style. Ionic columns, Palladian windows, and a denticulated cornice all relate to the Classical character of Colonial Revival, while the bay window, wrap-around porch, and octagonal bay at the right corner (partially hidden by the tree) all carry forward from earlier Queen Anne. The result is Free Classic.
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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