John Davis House

John Davis House, Portland, Maine. This 1883 Shingle Style house is an early suburban example of the style by architect John Calvin Stevens, one of the first architects to work in the emerging style. It has been restored to its original color scheme, as documented in period publications and physical evidence surviving on the house.

Mostly screened by the tree in this view, the house had several generations of boxy additions to the far side. With a few relatively minor alterations, the restoration architect made the additions feel better related to the original house and minimized the effect of the garage and retaining walls. None of the square footage gained by the earlier additions was lost.

The Davis House redesign is a case study in Chapter 3 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” The chapter focuses on designing your project. The house is also one of the 13 featured houses photographed by noted architectural photographer David Clough and presented between the how-to chapters, most with historic, before, and during restoration photos.

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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