George F. Barber Design

George F. Barber Design in Knoxville, TN.

G.F. Barber was among the most prolific residential architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with his own publishing company promoting his designs in books and magazines and 30 architects and draftsmen supplying blueprints to customers nationwide. Knoxville was his home and base of operations and contains many Barber-designed buildings.

This Queen Anne house is typical of Barber’s work in that style, with a highly complex form, varied materials, and exuberant wood ornament. It has several prominent design elements in common with Barber’s Keyhole House in Natchez, MS, which I posted several days ago.

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 to accommodate modern life.

More than 50 full-color photos illustrate the Queen Anne style with character-defining elements identified 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 online shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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