The Nellie Littlefield Inn

The Nellie Littlefield Inn, a symmetrical Queen Anne. Although Queen Anne style houses are typically asymmetrical, this example is perfectly balanced. Common features of the style including combined clapboard and shingle siding, projecting bays, towers, and porches are found on this house, now an inn in beautiful Ogunquit, Maine. http://ow.ly/qKfV50Dgn39

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 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.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, Shop – Your Historic House.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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