Memorial Day Weekend ~ the Start of Summer Cottage Season

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer cottage season, so let’s visit this lovely Shingle Style summer cottage in the Arundel Colony in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Rock Ledge Cottage was designed by architect William Ralph Emerson of Boston and built in 1887 for Elon Dunbar Lockwood of Philadelphia. Emerson is credited with creating the first fully Shingle Style cottage, Redwood, in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1879. The style became wildly popular for summer cottages on the East Coast and elsewhere and was also used for suburban homes nationwide.

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 to accommodate modern life.

Shingle Style is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos 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. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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