Chamberlain-Day House

The Franklin Chamberlain-Katherine Day House, Hartford, CT, built in 1884 is an outstanding example of the English Queen Anne style in America. This house has the Mark Twain House and the Harriet Beecher Stowe houses for neighbors in the Nook Farm neighborhood – once the intellectual and artistic center of the city.

The polychrome limestone and brownstone walls, oriel window on the second floor, complex projecting gables, stylized half -timbering effect at the peak of one gable, and carved wood trim elements relate this house to the English Queen Anne style.

The Queen Anne Style was developed in England and made its way to American in the 1870’s. Initially used for grand mansions that were faithful to the English prototypes designed by architect Richard Norman Shaw, the style evolved into an American version that included wrap-around porches, conical towers, and patterned shingle and clapboard siding. It was eventually also used for everything from mansions to millworker cottages.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos 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 page, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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