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!
Following construction of Queen Victoria’s retreat “Osborne House” on the Isle of Wight between 1845 and 1851, the Italianate style became widely popular in the US and appeared from coast to coast.
This fabulous Italianate house, the home of Stephen and Tabitha King in Bangor, Maine, is one of many examples used to illustrate the style’s variations in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Like many houses, it was altered over the years with the Queen Anne style tower on the left added in 1895 and the porch rebuilt in the Colonial Revival style in 1912.
Understanding the style(s) of a house, and puzzling out its changes over time, 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.
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!