Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT.
The High Victorian Gothic style of the Twain House is the masonry cousin of the wood-framed Stick Style. These houses often feature polychrome brick, stone, and/or tile on the exteriors with expressive wood trim elements at the gables and porches. On this house, selected bricks are picked out in several paint colors to appear as different colored brick creating patterns on the walls.
This house also has exceptional interiors by Associated Artists, showing the collective genius of Louis C. Tiffany, Candace Wheeler, and Lockwood DeForest. It is operated as a house museum and is well worth a trip to Hartford to see. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House next door is also open to the public. Stowe and her sister Catharine were influential Victorian era writers on household management and decorating.
Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.
Twenty-five historic architectural house styles and types are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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