Pennsylvania Shingle Style

A wonderful Shingle Style house in York, PA.

Shingle Style houses often have masonry first stories, typically fieldstone and/or boulders in rural or resort settings and dressed stone or brick in suburban or urban settings. This example has dressed stone.

Most Shingle Style houses no longer have wood shingle on the roofs as well as the walls. It is more common today for the roof to be clad in asphalt shingles with the walls retaining wood. The asphalt shingle used on this house does a reasonably good job of creating the intended effect of a unified cladding material on both roof and walls.

Period documentation shows that the wood shingled roofs of Shingle Style houses were frequently stained in colors that harmonized with the stain on the wall shingles. In this case, brown of the shingles relates well to the paint colors and stone below.

Style identification, appropriate roofing materials, and period color schemes are all covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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