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!
Houses evocative of romantic Swiss cottages has a brief vogue during the Victorian period. This one in Portland, Maine was built for dry goods merchant Seth B. Hersey c. 1866.
The Swiss Cottage style is related to, and overlaps with, both Stick Style and Queen Anne. It is a charming and somewhat exotic style from the Age of Romance. Like houses in any uncommon architectural style, the preservation of these houses has heightened importance due to their relative rarity.
Understanding the style of a house and how it may have changed 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. Exotic and eclectic styles are covered 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!