Then & Now ~ 1924 and 2021

Then & Now ~ An 1890s Colonial Revival style house as it appeared in 1924 and as remodeled and enlarged into a Free Classic Queen Anne style house in the 20th century. Now photo from 2021.

This house was built in Portland, ME at a time when Colonial Revival detailing was being applied to houses retaining the form of Queen Anne houses, creating a hybrid that could lean toward Free Classic Queen Anne or Colonial Revival, depending on how the details were handled. This example leaned toward CR, with clapboard siding, corner boards, and paired classical columns on the porch.

When it was enlarged by moving and attaching the carriage house to the house it also gained a Queen Anne tower on the front bay window, patterned shingle siding, a second story rounded bay on the side elevation, new QA window sash with colored glass on the first floor, a QA chimney top, and an expanded porch, now with single classical columns. Sanborn maps indicate this remodeling happened after 1954. Perhaps it was a 1980s Victorian Revival project? City building permit records should have the answer.

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