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Free Classic Queen Anne

A Free Classic Queen Anne style house. In the 1890’s, the elaborate Victorian ornamentation of Queen Anne style began to be replaced by more Classically inspired elements on houses that were still Queen Anne in form, creating the Free Classic version of Queen Anne.

This house is a good example – stylistically between earlier Queen Anne and the Colonial Revival style. Ionic columns and corner boards and turned porch balusters all relate to the Classical character of Colonial Revival, while the bay window, wrap-around porch, and profusion of stained glass windows (at least 10) all carry forward from earlier Queen Anne. The result is Free Classic.

Understanding the style of a house will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Twenty-five architectural styles are described and illustrated 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 site, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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