New England

New England Architecture 101 – Shingle Style

The Shingle Style home is a seaside favorite.

By Aimee Tucker

Jun 22 2023

The Shingle Style House

The Shingle Style House

Photo 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.