Alabama Beauty Queen

This Alabama beauty queen is a lovely example of the Queen Anne style. Popularized by magazines and house plan books by George F. Barber and others, 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.

This picturesque house has an asymmetrical composition and a rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Typical features of the style including patterned shingles, projecting bays, wrap-around porch, and turned and scroll-cut ornament, are found on this house. The house is located in the Silk Stocking Historic District in Talladega, AL.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Understanding the style and characteristic features of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan.

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