Before & After ~ Boston Shingle Style

Photos courtesy of Alison Frazee.

Before & After ~ This c. 1890 suburban Boston Shingle Style home had been clad in aluminum siding, likely in the mid-20th century.

In recent years, the metal siding was removed, and the original wood shingle exterior was repaired and painted, restoring the house’s original appearance. Removing inappropriate modern siding often reveals historic materials in repairable, if not good, condition.

Combining influences from the English Queen Anne style and 17th-century American colonial buildings, the Shingle Style first appeared in East Coast summer resort cottages in the early 1880s and quickly spread to the new streetcar suburbs being developed outside city centers.

Understanding what style your house is and what the significant characteristics of that style are is essential to planning a good restoration.

The Shingle Style is one of 25 styles described and illustrated with multiple images 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 directly from the author in our online shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject. It is available in our shop along with other authors’ select restoration and preservation titles. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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