San Francisco Queen Anne

Many thanks to all who suggested where to find great houses to photograph during my visit to the Bay Area. Especially those who gave me guided tours in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Oakland, and of your homes! I had a wonderful time and took hundreds of photos to share in the coming months, starting with this Queen Anne example.

A picturesque house with asymmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Typical features of the style include patterned shingles, projecting bays, porches, towers, ornamental balconies, mixed multi- and single-pane window sash, and turned ornament, all of which are found on this house. Popularized by magazines and house plan books, Queen Anne houses were built from coast to coast.

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 in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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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