Diminutive Queen Anne House

Diminutive Queen Anne in Portland, Maine.

While many examples of the Queen Anne style are large, this lovely example of the style shows that it was used for smaller houses as well. The house also shows how similar Queen Anne and Shingle Style houses can be. The two styles emerged as American derivatives of the English Queen Anne style in the 1870s. If this house had shingle siding on the first story instead of clapboard, it would be Shingle Style.

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 style 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 through online retailers.

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

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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

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