Stick Style Variation of Queen Anne

This Stick Style variation of the Queen Anne style in York, Pennsylvania is a lovely example of the style with a fabulous corner tower. Popularized by magazines and house plan books, houses in this style were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements including the development of balloon framing and spread of steam mills to produce turned and sawn wood ornament allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers. The widespread availability of pre-mixed paints in cans around the same time contributed to the fashion for polychrome paint schemes, such as the one seen on this house.

More than 50 full color photos are used to illustrate these styles in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Understanding the style of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.

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