America’s Favorite House?

The American Foursquare may be the nation’s most common historic house type, making it the nation’s favorite house historically. Available in kit form and site-built by the tens of thousands between 1900 and 1930, they can be found from California to Maine in thousands of variations.

While their details can be drawn from the Queen Anne, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, or other styles, their essential form is a cube with a pyramidal roof. This example, combining Craftsman and Colonial Revival detailing, is located in Bangor, Maine.

What type or style of historic house suits your life? This question is explored in Chapter 3 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Finding the right house for how you live can significantly reduce how much you need to change – saving time, money, and historic character!

The American Four-Square is one of 25 historic architectural styles and types 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 at YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/ and through the shop on this page.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors, including the classic “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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