West Virginia Queen Anne

A Queen Anne style house in Wheeling, WV.

This wonderful house has a buff brick first story that includes a deep front porch, with the upper stories clad in wood shingle. On the façade, the projecting bay window above the porch extends upward to form an octagonal tower in the angle of the cross-gabled roof. The restrained ornamentation on the house is reflective of its late-Victorian construction date, showing the influence of the simpler Craftsman style then becoming popular. The square brick piers with tapered bases supporting the porch roof are typical Craftsman style features.

Understanding the style or styles 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.

Queen Anne and Craftsman are among the 25 styles and types illustrated with hundreds of photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720 page award-winning and best-selling book is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.

Signed copies can be ordered 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 available in our shop.

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