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Free Classic Queen Anne

A brick Free Classic Queen Anne style house. A lovely example of the Queen Anne style in its Free Classic variation with a wonderful corner bay that forms a tower on one side of the façade.

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 in the wood products industry allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers.

Examples were also built of brick, as here. For this Portland, Maine example, the use of brick combined with stone lintels, wood porch and cornice, and slate on the roof and in the rounded gable of the dormer provides the variety of materials and textures typical of the style.

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 50 full color photos are used to illustrate the Queen Anne style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The award-winning and bestselling 720-page book is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.

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

Our shop also carries select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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