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Classic American Foursquare

A Classic American Foursquare House in Wheeling, WV. The American Foursquare may be the most common historic house type in the nation. Available in kit form and site-built by the tens of thousands between 1900 and 1930, in thousands of variations, they can be found from California to Maine.

While their details can draw from the Queen Anne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, or other styles, their essential form is a cube with a pyramidal roof. This example leans toward the Craftsman style with square brick piers for the porch and hipped roofs on the dormers.

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.

The American Four-Square is one of 25 historic architectural styles and types described and illustrated 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.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors including Virginia McAlester’s classic “A Field Guide to American Houses” (revised edition). Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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