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Pretty Queen Anne

While many examples of the Queen Anne style are large, this pretty example of the style in Freeport, Maine shows that it was used for mid-sized houses as well. The house has a somewhat complex form capped by a roof that is part pyramidal hipped and part gabled. An entry porch with turned and scroll-cut trim is located to one side of the fa├žade balanced by a bay window on the other side, below a pedimented gable. The combination of clapboard and scalloped shingle siding is typical of the style as is the mixture of window shapes and sizes.

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/.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject and is also available in our shop.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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