Classic New England Federal Style

Classic New England Federal style house in the snow featured in the 2022 Your Historic House Calendar – the perfect holiday gift for the historic house lover on your list – including yourself! Only $19.99 in our shop. Fulfillment by Lulu.

The Federal style is the American version of the refined Classical style developed in the UK by the brothers Adam in the late 18th century. Its adoption in the new United States coincided with the period following adoption of the Constitution in 1789, hence the name.

Federal style houses were sometimes updated decades after construction with gabled roofs to create a Greek Revival frieze and pediment, as on this example. It is Historic New England’s Marrett House: https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/marrett-house/.

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.

More than two dozen full color photos are used to illustrate the style 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 booksellers.

Signed and personalized copies can be ordered directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Learn more about historic architectural styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses,” the classic book on the subject, by Virginia Savage, also available in our shop.

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