Background on the Shingle Style
In the late 19th century, renewed
interest in Colonial American architecture combined with a rebellion against the excess decoration of the Queen Anne
style converged to give rise to a uniquely American architecture style that has become known as "Shingle Style."
The Shingle Style is a "picturesque"
style that is asymetrical in plan, with the exterior clad almost entirely in unpainted cedar shingles that sweep and swirl
across the exterior of the building. A minimum of classical details, such as tuscan columns or an occasional Palladian
window, are sometimes used in the style. Interiors also lacked the high degree of ornamentation found in other "Victorian"
styles such as Queen Anne, using instead the hand-crafted "arts & crafts" styling.
Shingle Style and the Stick Style: Architectural Theory & Design
from Richardson to the Origins of Wright by Vincent Scully Jr.
Historic Photos of Pelham Shingle Style Houses
Shingle Style homes on the 200 block of Loring Avenue c.
Shingle Style home at 339 Highbrook Avenue as it originally appeared c. 1927
Other Notable Shingle Style Landmarks
Newport, Rhode Island is home to numerous outstanding examples of the Shingle
Style, including the Newport Casino (1880) (now the International Tennis Hall of Fame) and The Isaac Bell House (1883), both designed by the firm McKim, Mead and White.