Shingle Style 1880 - 1900


The Shingle style house is marked by the presence of shingles on not just the roof, but on the wall surfaces themselves. The first floor walls may be shingled, or of stone or brick. Shingles may also cover gable ends, curving towers and porch columns. Shingle style buildings have a rather monochrome appearance since the shingles are unpainted and uniformly cover most exterior surfaces. In shape and form, the Shingle style resembles the Queen Anne style, but it lacks the abundant decorative details. Porches are expansive, often wrapping around the front and sides of the building. Roofs are generally sweeping and multi-gabled. Windows are small and multi-paned and are often grouped in pairs or triples.

This style was employed by prominent American architects like H.H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright and the firm or McKim, Meade, and White. The Shingle style is sometimes referred to as an outgrowth of the Queen Anne style as influenced by the early shingled buildings of New England colonies. The style began in that region and some of the earliest and most notable examples are located there. The Shingle style spread throughout the country, but never became as popular or prevalent as the Queen Anne style. It remained a high fashion, architect designed style that was seldom translated into more vernacular housing use. Architect Wilson Eyre was responsible for several Stick style buildings in the Philadelphia area.

Common Building Types

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Identifiable Features

  1. Shingled walls and roof
  2. Asymmetrical facade
  3. Irregular roof lines
  4. Moderately pitched roofs
  5. Cross gables
  6. Extensive wide porches
  7. Small sash or casement windows with many panes
  8. Round or polygonal shingled towers


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Lacawac, Wayne County

Monterey Historic District, Franklin County

North Wayne Historic District, Delaware County

South Wayne Historic District, Delaware County

Yeakle-Miller House, Montgomery County