Towered Queen Anne

A towered Queen Anne style home in Portland, Maine.

This house began life as a more modest Second Empire style house and had the tower, porch, bay windows, and other elements added several decades after it was built., turning it into a Queen Anne style house. It was the home of architect Francis Fassett.

This end view of the house makes it appear quite small but a side view, which I have shared here before, shows it to be a relatively large house. It is a favorite of mine.

Although the house suffered a period of neglect, it was beautifully restored in 2010. The Queen Anne style appears all across the United States and is probably the most “Victorian” of the Victorian era styles.

Understanding the style of a house and how it may have changed over time 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.

How to analyze a house to identify such changes is covered in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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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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