A “Free-Classic” Queen Anne style house in Augusta, Maine. In the 1890s, 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, creating the Free-Classic version of Queen Anne.
This house is a good example – stylistically between the earlier Queen Anne and the later Colonial Revival style. Doric columns on paneled bases, corner boards crowned with Ionic capitals, and the Paladian window in the gable all relate to the Classical character of Colonial Revival, while the bay windows, eave brackets, stained glass, and combination of clapboard and shingle siding all carry forward from earlier Queen Anne. The result is “Free-Classic” Queen Anne.
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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