Queen Anne? Craftsman? Tudor?

A delightful early 20th century house in Pottsville, PA that harmoniously blends Queen Anne, Craftsman, and Tudor Revival elements.

The transitional periods between architectural styles often produce fabulous building combining elements of several styles. Here, the form of the house, its tower, windows, and wrap-around porch are carried forward from the 19th century Queen Anne style. The square stone columns and timber porch post with stepped timber bracket are Craftsman Style, and the “kicked” eaves and half-timbering in the dormer gable are Tudor Revival. The large end gables of the roof are also half-timbered, giving those elevations a stronger Tudor Revival identity.

Understanding these stylistic elements is key to identifying the character-defining features of the house, which should be the first step in any restoration plan. It’s also just fun to analyze a house to understand its styles(s). “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on this topic and is available in our shop.

Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” also explores architectural style identification with hundreds of color photos with character-defining features keyed on the images.

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is now available in bookstores and from online retailers.

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

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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