This lovely example of the Queen Anne style in Yarmouth, Maine, has complex form capped by an equally complex roof. An entry porch wraps around the side of the house, and a two-story projecting bay window with its pedimented gable fills the right side of the façade. The combination of clapboard and shingle siding is typical of the style, as is the mixture of window shapes and sizes.
Popularized by magazines and house plan books by architects George F. Barber, David S. Hopkins, and others, houses in this style were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements in the wood products industry allowed the construction of wood-framed houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers.
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 with identifying features keyed 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/.
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