Queen Anne Beauty Queen

Queen Anne beauty in Orono, Maine.

This fabulous house began life in 1873 as a much simpler Greek Revival style house with some Italianate elements. Following a fire in 1893, it was remodeled into its current Queen Anne form. I was in Orono last week for a historic tax credit project I’m working on and got this photo while there.

The Queen Anne style is perhaps the most exuberant of the popular Victorian era styles. It often features a picturesque asymmetrical outline, bay windows, towers, wrap around porches, and turned porch posts, balusters, and spandrels – all featured on this house.

What is the difference between Queen Anne and Italianate, or Second Empire, or other Victorian styles? Understanding the style, or styles, of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” will provide you with the information you need to tell one from the other – and refer you to other resources that cover the topic more deeply than one chapter can.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores 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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