The Shingle Style HousePhoto Credit : Illustration by Rob Leanna
The Shingle Style home is like a Queen Anne Victorian that’s outgrown its colorful gingerbread youth and softened into a relaxed, rambling “coastal grandmother.” While still grand and asymmetrical with an assortment of gables and windows, its signature subdued wooden-shingle siding has made it a natural top style for modern beach house builds.
Time Period: 1880–1900
Characteristics: Wooden-shingle siding and windows in all shapes and sizes
Famous Example: Kragsyde, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Where to Find Shingle Style Homes: Many remain in private hands, but a respectful visitor can enjoy exterior views by visiting Maine neighborhoods such as Delano Park in Cape Elizabeth, Ocean Avenue and its back streets in Kennebunkport, and Cushing Island in Portland.