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Classic American Queen Anne

A picturesque classic American Queen Anne style house with asymmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Typical features of the style include patterned shingles, projecting bays, towers, ornamental balconies, mixed multi- and single-pane window sash, and turned ornament, all of which are found on this house in Easton, PA.

Popularized by magazines and house plan books, Queen Anne houses were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements including the development of balloon framing and 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. The variety of forms and details make this style endlessly interesting.

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

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author at YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/ and through the shop on this page.

Select preservation titles by other authors including “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester are also available in our shop!

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