Free Classic Queen Anne

A Free Classic Queen Anne mansion in Portland, Maine.

In the 1880’s, the elaborate Victorian ornamentation of Queen Anne style began to be replaced by more Classically inspired elements on houses that were still Queen Anne in form, creating the Free Classic version of Queen Anne.

This house is a good example – classical marble columns, cast terra cotta ornamental panels, and the denticulated cornice are all Classical in character, while the bay windows, mixed materials pallet (brick, terra cotta, two types of stone, copper, and wrought iron), and varied dormers carry forward from earlier Queen Anne. The result is Free Classic Queen Anne.

Understanding the style of a house will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Twenty-five architectural styles are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Want to learn more about historic architectural styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia Savage is the classic book on identifying the styles of historic houses and is available in our shop.

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