This Week’s Historic House Puzzle ~ Pattern Book Queen Anne
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A fine brick Queen Anne style house in Newburgh, NY, from Design 359 in Shoppell’s “Modern Houses and Beautiful Houses,” 1887 edition. A lovely example of the style with a wonderful projecting bay that forms a tower on one side of the facade. Popularized by magazines and house plan books by Shoppell and others, houses in this style were built from coast to coast.
Technological advancements in the wood products industry allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers. Many examples were also built of masonry for wealthy homeowners. Another example of this design, built in both brick and stone combined with wood porches and gables with stucco and half-timbering, is located in Bangor, Maine.
Understanding the style of a house is an 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.”
Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available in our online shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.
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