This restrained example of the Queen Anne style in Cumberland, ME does not have the complex form typically associated with the style. The combination of clapboard and patterned shingle siding is typical of the style, as is the wrap-around porch and mixture of window shapes and sizes. The stylistic identify is highlighted by the use of period colors on the different shingle patterns in the gable.
Popularized by magazines and house plan books, houses in this style were built from coast to coast from the 1880s to the early 20th century. Technological advancements in the wood products industry allowed the construction of wood framed houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers.
Understanding the style of a house 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.
More than 50 full color photos are used to illustrate the Queen Anne style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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