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Beautiful 1880s Stick Style House

A beautiful 1880s Stick Style house painted in period colors in York, PA.

The Stick Style is a variation of the Queen Anne style. It features wall surfaces divided into panels with flat or molded trim, often with different siding materials in panels to give a variety of patterns and textures to the surface. These houses frequently feature towers, wrap-around porches, and turned and scroll-cut ornament like other Queen Anne style houses.

Stick Style was named by noted architectural historian Vincent Scully, who traced its development in the mid-19th century in his influential 1955 book, “The Shingle Style and the Stick Style.” A pioneering work in sorting out the stylistic developments of the 1870s and 1880s, the book is still in print and well worth owning if you have an interest in Victorian era architecture.

Understanding a house’s style is important when planning a restoration. Queen Anne and Stick Style are two of the 25 styles and types 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/.

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

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