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USA version of the Old English style of the vernacular or Domestic Revival of the 1870s. In England, tile-hung walls and gables were commonly incorporated in designs of the period, and in America shingles were substituted. In 1876 the centenary of the American Revolution encouraged a revival of Colonial Georgian domestic architecture, with shingle cladding, gambrel roofs, and other features which were mixed with the dormers, oriels, and elements of the Queen Anne style popular in England. The result was the Shingle style. Good examples include the Sherman House, Newport, RI (1874–5), and Stoughton House, Cambridge, MA (1892–3), both by H. H. Richardson, and Low House, Bristol, RI (1886–7), by McKim, Mead, & White. Many houses in the Shingle style had ingenious open planning inside, anticipating later work by Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.

Downing & Scully (1967);Harmon (1983);V. J. Scully (1971, 1974, 1989)

Subjects: Architecture — Art.


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