Queen Anne style houses from Shoppell’s “Modern Houses and Beautiful Houses,” 1887 edition, Design 359. My sharp-eyed friend Brad Emerson (@Downeast Dilettante on Instagram) noticed the similarities between the Bangor, Maine, house on the left and the Newburgh, NY, house on the right, both of which I have posted here. He brought it to my attention – sending me down a research rabbit hole.
The Bangor house has been attributed to prominent local architect William Mansur, but the research shows that to be incorrect. A reference to the house in the March 29, 1889, issue of the “Industrial Journal” identifies the plan as being from the New York Cooperative Building Association.
This company was founded by architect R.W. Shoppell to publish his popular house plan books. Complete blueprints could be purchased for any design, and duplicates of his houses often appear throughout the country. I found this house as Design No. 359 in the 1887 edition of his “Modern Houses and Beautiful Houses.” There are often differences in the details of the houses, as seen here.
Many 19th-century house designs came from plan books. Identifying them can be very helpful when restoring an altered 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.”
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