Exuberant Queen Anne

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Exuberant Queen Anne in Alameda, CA. The redwood forest region of northern California boomed in the second half of the 19th century, supplying much of the lumber that built (and rebuilt) San Francisco and other west coast cities.

The prosperity of the region during this period is captured in the wonderful architecture that remains. The Italianate, Second Empire and Queen Anne houses of northern California have a particular exuberance, often exceeding the excesses seen on houses in the same styles elsewhere.

This celebration of the aesthetic possibilities of wood continued on the west coast through the Craftsman period in the work of architects like Greene & Greene.

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.

Queen Anne is one of the 25 styles and types 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 directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

The classic volume on identifying historic house styles, “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester, is available in our shop along with select restoration and preservation titles by other authors.

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