Alameda’s Charles Tilden House Puzzle

The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!

Alameda’s Charles Tilden House

This Neo-Classical style mansion in Alameda, California, was designed by architect Edmond H. Denke (1872-1944) and completed in 1896. It was purchased by Charles Tilden in 1902. Architect Julia Morgan remodeled the dining room in 1910. The house remains an outstanding example of the style, surrounded by lovely gardens and a wrought iron fence.

The style looked past the classically inspired Colonial styles of America’s past to their European inspirations, using the architectural vocabulary of the Renaissance as expressed in Italy, France, and England. These houses were formal and often grand. The style is more commonly found in urban settings but was also used for country and suburban homes of the wealthy, like this example, which features elaborate Classical ornamentation executed in wood.

The Neo-Classical style is one of 25 architectural styles and types described and illustrated with multiple images in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.

Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!

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