Queen Anne Meets Shingle Style

When Queen Anne meets Shingle Style. This wonderful house in Portland, Maine is very nearly Shingle Style but has clapboard siding on the first story, edging it into the Queen Anne style. In the United States, the English Queen Anne style arrived in the 1870s, spawning the Shingle Style and the American Queen Anne style. Many houses skirt the line between the two, as this one does.

This urban example nearly fills its lot facing onto a small square. In a suburban or rural settling, it might have featured a large wraparound porch as was typical of the style. I once considered buying this house and always think about what might have been when I pass by…

The development of these styles is explored in depth in Vincent Scully’s “The Shingle Style and the Stick Style: Architectural Theory and Design from Downing to the Origins of Wright.” This book is an essential volume for lovers of 19th century residential architecture.

Queen Anne and Shingle Style are two of the 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 award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

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

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