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Federal with Italianate Remodel

A Federal style house remodeled in the Italianate style.

Few historic houses stand today exactly as built, and some have experienced significant changes over time. This house was built c. 1810 as a staid Federal style house but was “updated” in the fashionable Italianate style c. 1860, when the exuberant cupola, eave brackets, and side porch were added.

Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners explores changes over time and how to identify and date them.

Understanding the style of a house – and how it changed over time – 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 720-page award-winning and best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

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

Learn more about historic architectural styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses,” this classic by Virginia Savage is also available in our shop, and check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar, available directly from Lulu through our shop.

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