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!
In honor of my vacation in Down East Maine this week, the puzzle is a lovely Queen Anne style house in coastal Jonesport with a fabulous octagonal tower, clearly inspired by a design from “Shoppell’s Modern Houses” published in 1887. Examples of this design with variations in the detailing can be found all across the US.
The character-defining Queen Anne features include the tower and wrap-around porch with turned posts and scroll-cut ornament. Understanding the style of a house is essential in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation 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!