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A Classic American Foursquare House

A Classic American Foursquare House in Wheeling, WV.

The American Foursquare may be the most common historic house type in the nation.

Available in kit form and site-built by the tens of thousands between 1900 and 1930, in thousands of variations, they can be found from California to Maine. While their details can draw from the Queen Anne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, or other styles, their essential form is a cube with a pyramidal roof.

This example leans toward the Craftsman style with square brick piers for the porch and hipped roofs on the dormers.

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.

The American Four-Square is one of 25 historic architectural styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.

The 720-page hardcover book now available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed copies are only available in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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

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