A Queen Anne style house in Wheeling, WV. In the 1890’s, the elaborate Victorian ornamentation of Queen Anne style began to be replaced by more Classically inspired elements on houses that were still Queen Anne in form. The change is seen in the porch of this house, where the turned porch posts with brackets or spindlework of earlier Queen Anne are replaced by Ionic columns sitting on cast stone bases. The complex roof form, bay window, diamond-paned upper sash, and wrap-around porch all carry forward from earlier Queen Anne. The result is the Free-Classic variation of the style.
Understanding the style of a house will help you know which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.
Twenty-five architectural styles are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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