Is there an architecture more quintessentially American than the Shingle Style? Yale architectural historian Vincent Joseph Scully, who coined the term, called it “the architecture of the American summer.”
Born in the 1880s in American seaside towns and genteel, wooded suburbs, the style unified complex forms with a cladding of cedar shingles. It emphasized the horizontal with rambling verandas and gambrel roofs, yet with the asymmetrical punctuation of towers, balconies, turrets, gables, and dormers.
The late 19th century was an era of superb craftsmanship and design, but the Shingle Style’s costs of construction and materials kept it at the high end of fashion—outside the mainstream—until it went out of style in the 20th century.
Scully, whose scholarship helped revive the movement, called it America’s return to “simple, truthful places.”
In this Luxury Defined collection of homes, we present six variations of the Shingle Style—some old, some new—but all with an air of rustic simplicity, understated elegance, and an endless summer.