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The Shingle style is one that represents a relatively narrow time frame (1880’s thru 1900) and a fairly specific region of the country- coastal New England. Many of these homes were summertime vacation homes of the wealthy, and were designed by significant architects of the era. Trend setting for it’s time, the style did spread across the country, though it greatest concentration remained in the areas of Newport, Cape Cod, Maine and eastern Long Island.



This architecture merges several other American styles into it’s characteristics. Like the Queen Anne style, it exhibits wide porches, steep roofs and asymmetrical forms. The gambrel roof, classical columns, and Palladian windows are evocative of the Colonial Revival style, while the irregular and sculpted shape of the homes are similar to the Richardson Romanesque style. Some examples also have rough stone lower stories in addition to the shingled exterior upper floor that the style derives it’s name from.