Queen Anne Shipbuilder’s Mansion

A wonderful Queen Anne style house in Bath, Maine.

The house was designed by Boston architect George D. Rand for Samuel S. Sewall in 1883. The Sewalls were a prominent ship building family in Bath through several generations. Bath is still known as “The City of Ships.”

The oriel window in the broad gable with its stylized half -timbering effect and profusion of Aesthetic Movement design elements, such as the repeated sunflower motif, relate this house to the English Queen Anne, while the ample porch, patterned wood shingle siding, and tower with its bulbous roof from are more of the American Queen Anne style that emerged from the English version.

The Queen Anne Style was developed in England and made its way to American in the 1870’s. Initially used for grand mansions, it was eventually also used for everything from mansions to millworker cottages.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos 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 from online retailers.

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

The classic book on the subject of historic house styles is “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia Savage. It is also available in our shop, and check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar the shop!

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