Historic Color Consulting
Completed Projects - Astoria Victorian
This run down row-house style Victorian was restored to its 19th century grandeur. The owner's goal was a house with a fantastic set of colors that really "pop." What he did not want was a house that was drab and looked like it was owned by the "Adams Family." The owner has provide side by side comparison photos of the transformation. Even Gomez Adams would be proud to live here! "..everything works well together, and I couldn't be happier, " T. Harris.
Built by Alexandre Gilbert, a prominent businessman and real estate investor who operated a wholesale and retail liquor business in 1893, this complex architecture called for an equally intricate late Victorian era paint scheme with three colors on the body, contrasting trim, highlighted windows, and accent colors that draw the eye to the details of the wonderful design.
The complex design called for extra care in selecting the trim and accents colors as well as their placement. The owner wanted historical colors but not a wild 'Painted Lady" effect. These colors are all chosen from historic period paint brochures and applied according to color rules in effect at the end of the 19th century.
The long side of the building looked like a slab until its colors correctly divided it into horizontal areas that reduced its scale.
The porch on a Queen Anne Victorian is a special place, and this home needed colors that would invite the visitor to climb the steps.
Copyright 2002 - 2007: Robert Schweitzer. November 16, 2006