From my vacation in Down East Maine in August, this lovely Queen Anne style house is located in coastal Jonesport.
With its fabulous octagonal tower, it is clearly inspired by Design 344 in “Shoppell’s Modern Houses” published in 1887. Examples of this design with variations in the detailing can be found all across the US, as can many designs taken from the popular house design books of the period. The character-defining Queen Anne features include the tower and wrap-around porch with turned posts and scroll-cut ornament.
Understanding the style of a house is essential in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.
25 styles and types are described and illustrated 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 and from online retailers.
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Want to learn more about historic architectural styles? Virginia McAlester’s “A Field Guide to American Houses is the classic volume on the subject and 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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