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Stick Style and Italianate Together

Stick Style and Italianate together in one house. This beautifully restored house in Brunswick, Maine, is Stick Style in the gables, Italianate below the frieze line, and Stick Style again in the porch railing and skirting. Many historic houses feature elements of more than one architectural style. Sometimes this is evidence of alterations made after the house was built and sometimes the mixed features date from the original construction. This house was built by a Victorian era contractor for his own home and he may have been showing off his ability to work in both popular styles.

Understanding the style(s) 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.

Stick Style and Italianate are among the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” The chapter also addresses the identification of alterations made over time.

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

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

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

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