Towered Queen Anne in Portland, Maine. A picturesque house with asymmetrical composition. Typical features of the style include projecting bays, round towers, and porches, as found on this house. A 1924 photo of the house shows it with shutters on the windows over the porch but otherwise nearly identical to today.
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 allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers. Unlike earlier Queen Anne, which featured “gingerbread” ornamentation, simpler Classical detailing appears on this later variation called Free Classic Queen Anne.
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.
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.”
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