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!
This lovely Federal style portico draped in patriotic bunting graces the entrance of a house called the “Samuel’s Stairs House” in Kennebunkport, Maine. Built in 1810 for Samuel Lewis, a cabinetmaker and carpenter, the interior features a sweeping spiral staircase from which the house derives its unusual name.
Federal style is the name given to American architecture reflecting the style developed by the brothers Adam in Great Britain near the end of the 18th century. This style’s popularity corresponded with the adoption of the US Constitution and the “Federal Period” of government in the United States. The style’s name comes from that period’s political developments in the United States. However, the style’s design elements come directly from the UK, often copied from carpenter’s guides printed in London.
Understanding the style of a house will help you know which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation. The Federal style is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated 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!