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Maine Federal Style House

A Federal style house overlooking the Kennebec River in Maine.

Federal style is the name given to American architecture reflecting the style developed by the brothers Adam in Great Britain near the end of the 18th century. This corresponded with the adoption of the US Constitution and the “Federal Period” of government in the United States. The style’s name comes from that political development of the period although the elements of the style come directly from the UK.

The arched fanlight over the front door is an element frequently seen with the style, as is the formal five-bay fa├žade and hipped roof form seen on this Bath, Maine house.

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

The Federal style is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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