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Folk Victorian With Additions

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Folk Victorian With Additions

Folk Victorian house. Click the photo for a larger view.

Folk Victorian With Additions

Folk Victorian house with garage addition. Click the photo for a larger view.

About My House

I believe my house was built in the late 1890s, in a small hamlet on Lake Champlain in Northern New York State. Originally there was a house and separate garage. They were combined with an addition in the early 20th century, we were told. It has interesting gables and a wonderful slate roof. We recently added a hip roof over the French doors to imitate the roof over the triple window in the dining room. We are looking at paint colors - similar to what exists, although a lighter green trim. We are considering a Mossy green accent color for the scallops and diagonal siding in the gables.

Victorian Features

With the scallop siding and "blocks" of diagonal siding in the gables I believe this is a "Folk-Victorian" but would love to know for sure and learn more about this. There are also interesting and different roof lines which apparently are indicative of this Victorian style. When we had some slates replaced on the roof the contractor said the original roof was wooden shakes or shingles.

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Jackie Craven, About.com Architecture, says:

I think that you are correct in describing your home as a Folk Victorian. Before the renovations, the home had a traditional cross-gabled, L-shape. However, the lovely detailing in the gable makes your home a bit fancier than many "folk" houses of the period.

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