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Edward Swan House, c. 1810, Gardiner, Maine.
This classic New England Federal style house with a long kitchen ell and attached carriage shed features a wonderful Gothic Revival window in its pedimented gable. The Greek Revival portico was likely added to the facade at some point later in the 19th century. The house sits well back from the street on a large village lot, looking toward the Kennebec River. Edward Swan was a prominent resident of the community.
Understanding the style of a house is the first step in planning a rehab/restoration project that retains its historic character.
Federal, Gothic Revival, and Greek Revival are three of 25 historic residential architectural styles and types illustrated and described in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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Want to learn more about historic architectural styles? Virginia McAlester’s “A Field Guide to American Houses” is the classic volume on the subject. The revised edition is available in our shop with other select preservation and restoration titles by other authors.
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