Shingle Style or Colonial Revival?

This house was designed by Maine architect John Calvin Stevens who was among the first designers to work in the emerging Shingle Style in the early 1880’s. He helped to spread the popularity of the style with the publication of his book “Examples of American Domestic Architecture” co-written with partner Albert Winslow Cobb and published in 1889. This house, built around that time, is almost identical to several of his Shingle Style homes of the period but has clapboard siding, not shingle. This one difference makes the house Colonial Revival style, not Shingle Style. Sometimes the line between styles can be very fine.

Shingle Style and Colonial Revival are among the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.

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