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Shingle Style – popular 1880-1900


isaac bell house, national historic landmark, newport, rhode island

Photo: Isaac Bell House (a.k.a. Edna Villa), ca. 1883, 70 Perry Street, Newport, R.I. Designed for Bell, a wealthy cotton broker, by McKim, Mead & White. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997. Photographed by User:Daniel Case (own work), 2008, [creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en] via Wikimedia Commons, accessed April, 2013.

Shingle Style [1]

The Shingle style was an adaptation of three other contemporaneous styles: the Queen Anne, the Colonial Revival, and the Richardsonian Romanesque. The style emphasized an irregularly shaped form wrapped within a smooth, uniform shingled surface while de-emphasizing ornamentation around windows, doors, or cornices. Identifying features include steep-pitched roofs with cross gables and multi-level eaves, large porches, and towers that are only partially developed from the main body.

  1. Nancy L. Zerbe, Jennifer Warren, Marianne Walsh and Angela Materna, ARCH2, Inc., Allenhurst Residential Historic District, Allenhurst, Monmouth County, NJ, nomination document, 2009, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.

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