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Second Empire Gem

A Second Empire gem in Cherryfield, Maine. The Frank Campbell House was designed and built by master builder/architect Charles A. Allen in 1875 and is one of a number of outstanding Victorian era houses in the village of Cherryfield.

Many examples of the Second Empire style are included in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Built from Maine to California, the style is identified primarily by its Mansard roof and shares many features with the Italianate style.

What are your house’s character-defining features? Chapter 2 will help you answer this question and give you the information you need to prioritize the preservation of the most important features.

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.

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/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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.

And check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar in the shop. Spend the year with 13 of the most popular houses from this page!

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