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Snowy Alabama Beauty Queen

Photo courtesy of Judy Harrell Huff Williams.

Alabama Beauty Queen in the Snow.

A lovely example of the Queen Anne style captured after a rare snowstorm in Alabama.

Popularized by magazines and house plan books by George F. Barber and others, houses in this style were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements including the development of balloon framing and spread of steam mills to produce turned and sawn wood ornament allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers.

This picturesque house has an asymmetrical composition and a rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Typical features of the style including patterned shingles, projecting bays, wrap-around porch, and turned and scroll-cut ornament, are found on this house. The house is located in the Silk Stocking Historic District in Talladega, AL.

Understanding the style and characteristic features of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan.

Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types 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 nationwide and through online retailers.

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

A summer view of this house is included in our 2022 calendar, also available in our shop!

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