A picturesque Down East Queen Anne style house with asymmetrical composition and rich variety of textures and ornamentation. Typical features of the style include shingle siding, projecting bays, varied window sash, turned and scroll-cut ornament, and a fabulous porch, all of which are found on this Machias, Maine house. A nearly identical house is located about a mile from this one suggesting the design was taken from a plan book.
Popularized by magazines and house plan books, Queen Anne houses were built from coast to coast. Technological advancements allowed the construction of houses with complex forms and elaborate detail at reasonable prices for middle-class buyers. 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.
Queen Anne is one of 25 styles described and illustrated 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 including McAlester’s “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save with our multi-book combo packs! ©
Scott T. Hanson 2023.
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