California Shingle Style.

This sweet c. 1905 Shingle Style cottage is located in Palo Alto, California. It has features that could also be associated with the Colonial Revival and Craftsman styles. Houses that combine elements that are characteristic of several styles are not uncommon and are not always as harmoniously joined as in this example.

The Shingle Style emerged from the English Queen Anne style in New England in the 1880s and frequently included elements drawn from Colonial-era houses. In many respects, the Colonial Revival style emerged from the Shingle Style, while the Craftsman style developed as a more straightforward and less historicist approach to American house design.

Shingle Style was named by noted architectural historian Vincent Scully, who traced its development in the mid-19th century in his influential 1955 book, “The Shingle Style and the Stick Style.” The book is still in print and worth owning if you are interested in Victorian-era architecture.

All these styles are described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors, including the classic “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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