Form, Texture, and Pattern

Form, Texture, and Pattern ~ the E.B. Wren House designed by architect Frank Lockwood and built c. 1898.

The Queen Anne style is perhaps the most exuberant of the popular Victorian era styles. As seen on this Talladega, AL house, the forms, textures, and patterns in the materials give the style visual interest and invite closer study even when painted white, which was not a typical paint scheme for this style when these houses were built.

Maintaining or restoring the varied materials of these houses is key to preserving their character. A period color scheme will further enhance the textural and patterned effects intended by the Victorian era designers.

Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” is devoted to helping to identify the character-defining features of a house, prioritize elements to be preserved or restored, and guide changes necessary to make the house serve 21st century lives.

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 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 McAlester is the classic volume on the subject. It is also available in our shop.

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