Some houses defy easy stylistic categorization. Many historic houses combine elements associated with different architectural styles. Often described as “eclectic,” such buildings were particularly common during the Victorian period when multiple styles were popular simultaneously. This delightful Pottsville, PA house has elements of Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Free Classic Queen Anne.
Many houses were built in one style and later updated with elements from another style, as may have been the case here. This house likely started as a blend of Italianate and Gothic Revival elements, with the Free Classic porch added later.
Understanding the style(s) of a house and how the house may have evolved over time is an essential step in developing a restoration plan. Identifying styles and changes made to a house through the years is covered in “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.
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Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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 also available in our shop.
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