From “Shoppell’s Modern Houses”

See below for published 1887 design illustration

A lovely house in Maine with a fabulous octagonal tower that blends elements of the Italianate and Queen Anne styles likely inspired by a design from “Shoppell’s Modern Houses” published in 1887. The illustration is included below.

Most of the detailing on this example is Italianate in character, but the form of the house leans toward the Queen Anne with character-defining features of the style including the tower and wrap-around porch. The multi-light sash with colored glass in the tower and gable are also typical Queen Anne features.

Many houses exhibit features from more than one architectural style. Some were built this way, often at a time when the popularity of one style was giving way to a new style. Others were updated in a different style some time long ago but after their original construction. In either case, the mixed stylistic features are part of the history and character of the house.

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 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, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Learn more about historic house styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester, available in our shop.

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