This lovely towered example of the Queen Anne style in Bowdoinham, Maine shows many typical features of the style. The house has a tall saltbox roof form that sweeps down to cover the recessed entry porch. An eyebrow dormer interrupts long slope of the roof, adding interest. Flared bands of patterned wall shingles divide the stories on the gable end. A tall tower starts as a bay window on the façade and punches through the roof as an octagonal form topped by a pointed cap. the The combination of clapboard and 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.
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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 available in our shop.
Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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