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The Shingle Style – Architectural Styles in Cambridge

The Shingle Style, a quintessential American architectural style in the Victorian period, was popular from 1880 to 1920.  Its roots were in the coastal resort towns of the Northeast where large Shingle Style cottages, designed by leading architects of the period, were built on the coast of Maine, Cape Cod and Long Island. 

Shingle Style House on Avon Hill in Cambridge MA

Shingle Style House on Avon Hill in Cambridge MA

Cambridge has a number of examples of the Shingle Style on Avon Hill and in the Brattle Street neighborhood. My favorite is the beautifully preserved, Hartwell and Richardson designed, Yerxa-Field house at 37 Lancaster Street on Avon Hill, pictured here.  It has an extraordinary carriage house as well.

The emphasis in this style is the surface of the house – the shingles cover the house in a continuous wrap – almost a skin of sorts.

Other Features of the Shingle Style:

  • Houses are typically rectangular in shape and asymmetrical in design
  • Houses were large and rambling and rustic and informal in feel
  • Roofs were gabled, hipped, or gambrel
  • Shingles wrap around corners, there are no cornerboards
  • Details were often Colonial Revival or Queen Anne in style
  • Windows typically have multi-panes above a single pane sash
  • Shingles curved into recessed windows
  • Large, prominent chimneys
  • Towers and projecting bays are common

Other House Styles Found Around Cambridge:

The Bungalow

The Greek Revival

The Saltbox

The Triple Decker

The Cape

The Second Empire Mansard

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