A touch of Queen Anne in Calais, Maine.
This sweet vernacular Cape type house has a touch of the Queen Anne style in the turned posts and balusters and scroll-cut brackets of its front porch. Relatively small Capes with kitchen ells and English barns built between 1830 and 1850 are a common regional type in Down East Maine. Many show later alterations, like the front dormer and porch on this example, likely added in the 1880s or ’90s.
Regional house types are significant and worthy of preservation as they collectively give the region a distinct character. If enough of them are lost to demolition, neglect, or dramatic alteration, the whole region loses one of the things that sets it apart. As communities become more homogenized by identical commercial chain buildings and cookie cutter houses, the character endowed by their historic buildings becomes more important.
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