One of the many outstanding houses in the McKnight Historic District in Springfield, MA, the 1886 William Harris House is a wonderful example of the Queen Anne style.
The 250-acre historic district contains more than 850 buildings, most constructed between 1870 and 1910. The development of this remarkable neighborhood led to Springfield being nicknamed “The City of Homes” in the 19th century.
Queen Anne Style houses often combine masonry and wood siding materials, as in this house. Other character-defining features of the style are the complex roof form, multiple porches and balconies, patterned shingle siding, varied window sizes and shapes, and a prominent chimney.
Understanding the style of a house is the first step in identifying its character-defining features. Prioritizing the preservation or restoration of those features should be the foundation of any plan to make a historic home functional for modern life.
Queen Anne is one of 25 styles and types covered in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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