A picturesque Queen Anne style house with symmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Although Queen Anne style houses are typically asymmetrical, this example is perfectly balanced. Features of the style include patterned shingles, projecting bays, towers, and turned and scroll-cut ornament, are found on this house.
Popularized by magazines and house plan books, Queen Anne houses were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements including the development of balloon framing and steam mills to produce turned and sawn wood ornament allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices. The variety of forms and details make this style endlessly interesting.
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. More than 50 full color photos are used to illustrate the Queen Anne style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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