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Sweet Queen Anne

A sweet Queen Anne style house with asymmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Typical features of the style include patterned shingles, projecting bays, towers, multi-pane window sash, and porches with turned and scroll-cut ornament, all of which are found on this Bangor, Maine house.

Popularized by magazines and house plan books, Queen Anne houses were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements including the development of balloon framing and steam mills to produce turned and sawn wood ornament allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers. The variety of forms and details make this style endlessly interesting.

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.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles 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/.

“A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is now available in our shop!

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