Queen Anne Overlooking Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. A picturesque house with asymmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Queen Anne style houses are typically asymmetrical. Features of the style, including patterned shingles, projecting bays, towers, and turned ornament, are found on this house located on the Eastern Promenade in Portland, Maine.
Popularized by magazines and house plan books, Queen Anne houses were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements, including the development of balloon framing and steam mills to produce turned and scroll-cut wood ornament, allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices. The variety of forms and details make this style endlessly interesting.
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 illustrate the Queen Anne style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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