A sweet suburban Shingle Style in Portland, Maine.
While many examples of the Shingle Style are large, this lovely example of the style shows that it was used for smaller houses as well. The house also shows how similar Shingle Style and Queen Anne style houses can be. The two styles emerged as American derivatives of the English Queen Anne style in the 1870s. If this house had clapboard siding on the first story instead of shingle (as several nearby examples do), it would be Queen Anne.
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.
“A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia Savage is the classic book on the subject and is available at YourHistoricHouse.com and through the shop on this page.
Shingle Style and Queen Anne are also two of the 25 styles and types described and illustrated with color photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
The 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.
Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author through the shop on this site, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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