A fabulous George F. Barber Queen Anne style house in South Royalton, Vermont. The Martin House is a modified example of the Design No. 128 from Barber’s “Cottage Souvenir” (2nd and 4th editions) first published in 1891. Houses were built from the popular plan book designs in all parts of the United States and are often exuberant examples of the Queen Anne or Neoclassical styles.
The Queen Anne style often incorporated features like the complex roof form and tower, scalloped shingle siding, porch with turned posts and stickwork and bead spandrels, and a second story porch seen in this example. This house has had its wood trim painted in a more appropriate dark green and terra cotta scheme since I took this photo. I need to get back there for an updated shot.
Queen Anne is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated 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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