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Throwback Thursday: July 30th

A look at a different style of Victorian houses
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:31 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - You’ve probably heard of a Victorian style house, but have you ever heard of a painted lady? That’s what we’ll look at in today’s Throwback Thursday.

The term was first coined in 1978 by two authors who wrote a book about this style of house. 

Victorian houses themselves have designs that separate them from other houses, and a painted lady takes that even further. 

“The characteristics of a painted lady include, three different colors of trim on the outside to enhance and show off all these special architectural details. Fish scale shingles, which are curved shingles which kind of resemble fish scales, stained glass windows, corbels”

Kim Smith, Treasurer for Presque Isle Historical Society

While they used to be a popular house design, there are only three painted ladies still in Presque Isle today.

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