House Styles

19th C VICTORIAN: Shingle

SHINGLE | 1880-1900: 

Home designers rejected fussy Queen Anne ornamentation in homes that evoked rustic coastal living.

Shingle Style houses originated in the upper-class summer resort communities of New England. These large examples are rambling, asymmetrical structures with various gables, porches, towers, etc.; all covered with wooden shingles. John Calvin Stevens of Portland, Maine and the firm of McKim, Mead and White of New York City were prominent designers of Shingle Style houses. Bob Vila’s Cambridge house, the restoration and remodeling of which was shown on his TV show, is a classic Shingle Style house.


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