The Shingle style emerged in New England where H.H. Richardson, McKim, Mead & White, and Peabody & Stearns designed elegant "seaside cottages" in Newport, R.I. and along Massachusetts’ North Shore. Shingle Style designs were seen as homier and more related to their location than the French Chateaux or Classical Palaces that were the basis for other nearby summer homes.
Building on a revival of interest in Colonial America following the 1876 American Centennial and a rejection of the stylized Queen Anne motifs, buildings in the Shingle Style returned to cohesive, simple massing and shingled surfaces with minimal ornamentation. The use of shingles rather than clapboards allowed exterior walls to be curved, creating buildings that expressed a continuous envelope of exterior forms, and similarly flowing interior spaces.
H.H. Richardson’s Stoughton House on Brattle Street in Cambridge is one of the finest examples of the Shingle Style.
Image: Stoughton House, ©Yonward, 2017