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Form, Texture, and Pattern

Form, texture, and pattern on an English Queen Anne style house.

Drawing from the work of British architect Norman Shaw, the English Queen Anne style’s best known American example is H.H. Richardson’s William Watts Sherman House in Newport, RI, built in 1875. In the United States, the style quickly evolved in two directions, spawning the Shingle Style and the American Queen Anne style.

This example from the 1880s has a clapboarded first story with patterned shingling above, wonderful “half-timbering” in the gables, and a great octagonal tower with a bell-curve roof.

The development of these styles is explored in depth in Vincent Scully’s “The Shingle Style and the Stick Style: Architectural Theory and Design from Downing to the Origins of Wright.” This book is an essential volume for lovers of 19th century residential architecture.

Queen Anne Style 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 award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book is available in bookstores 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.

Our shop also carries select preservation/restoration titles by other authors. Discounted combination packs available.

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