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Post-World War II Residential Architecture in Maine: A Guide for Surveyors

Post-World War II Residential Architecture in Maine: A Guide for Surveyors – http://www.maine.gov/mhpc/architectural_survey/docs/20100630FINALFINALlower-1.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What is the difference between a raised ranch and a split level?
  • What styles of homes can you find in Bangor Maine?
  • What type of siding is found on Neo-Colonial homes?

Your characters need to live somewhere and often the story will have them coming and going from a residence…but do you know the architectural differences between homes? This guide is a great start to figuring out those differences.  While this particular guide is focused on Maine residences, you can easily find surveys and guides to cities and states around the country.

Here are a few more that may be helpful:

http://www.chesterfield.gov/content2.aspx?id=8590048180&terms=home%20guide – Home Modernization Guide by Chesterfield County of Virginia

http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/oha/styleguide/styleguide.htm – Architectural style guide by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Office of History and Archaeology

http://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/preserve/survey/survey/architectural%20styles%20residential.pdf – Architectural Styles: Residential by the Texas Historical Commission

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