Diminutive Queen Anne

While many examples of the Queen Anne style are large, this lovely example of the style in Bangor, Maine, shows that it was also used for diminutive houses.

The house also shows how similar Queen Anne and Shingle Style houses can be. The two styles emerged as American derivatives of the English Queen Anne style in the 1870s. If this house had shingle siding on the first story instead of clapboard, it would be Shingle Style.

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.

This is one of more than 50 full-color photos used to illustrate the style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Twenty-five styles and types are shown with the character-defining features for each style keyed to the photos to help with identification.

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/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors, including Virginia McAlester’s classic “A Field Guide to American Houses” (revised edition). Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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