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Group DescriptionOften called "The Architecture of the American Summer", Shingle-Style is, according to many architectural historians, one of only two uniquely American styles of architecture (the other being Prairie) and began to appear around the 1880s, especially on the east coast of the U. S.
Following is Wikipedia's description, which is most accurate and well-written:
"The Shingle Style in America was made popular by the rise of the New England school of architecture, which eschewed the highly ornamented patterns of the Eastlake style. In the Shingle Style, English influence was combined with the renewed interest in Colonial American architecture which followed the 1876 celebration of the Centennial. Architects emulated colonial houses' plain, shingled surfaces as well as their massing, whether in the simple gable of McKim Mead and White's Low House or in the complex massing of Kragsyde, which looked almost as if a colonial house had been fancifully expanded over many years. This impression of the passage of time was enhanced by the use of shingles. Some architects, in order to attain a weathered look on a new building, even had the cedar shakes dipped in buttermilk, dried and then installed, to leave a grayish tinge to the façade.
The Shingle Style also conveyed a sense of the house as continuous volume. This effect—of the building as an envelope of space, rather than a great mass, was enhanced by the visual tautness of the flat shingled surfaces, the horizontal shape of many shingle style houses, and the emphasis on horizontal continuity, both in exterior details and in the flow of spaces within the houses."
Shingle-Style has experienced a renewal since the early 1980s, two notable interpreters being Robert A. M. Stern, AIA, and Andreozzi Architects of Newport, RI.
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