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What style is my house?

Postby jski88 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:35 pm

I have been wondering this for a while now...I believe it was built around 1912.

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Re: What style is my house?

Postby jski88 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:36 pm

The last photo was supposedly taken sometime before 1938.

And a few more photos...

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Re: What style is my house?

Postby melissakd on Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:17 pm

I'd say more or less Shingle Style, by virtue of the overall shape and also the decoration. The Shingle style was introduced in the late 19th century as a seaside cottage (for rich people), in which the kind of Victorian house that looked like a steamboat was crossed with the classic Cape Cod, which simplified the shape and the decoration.

A Shingle style house has the rambling quality of a Queen Anne or Stick Style, but not as much verticality. The lines of the architecture draw your eye more horizontally. In your 1938 photos, the paint scheme also breaks up the full height of the house into two parts. The belt courses do the same thing.

Here's a little context for ya:
Gingerbread finally went out of fashion by the end of the Victorian period. First the Queen Anne style spun off the Stick style, which was a similar shape with less ruffles and frills, but still with more applied decoration than your house. Then society architects invented the Shingle style for their wealthy customers' Newport cottages. Shingle style laid more emphasis on texture, with things like the various shaped shingles you have in your roof peaks, and the modillions on the porch cornice. The shadows gave the walls some depth, but without that wedding-cake effect.

Another feature of Shingle Style is an increase in how "sheltering" the house seemed, with wider eaves, gentler roof slopes, overhanging upper floors, and porches that were more recessed than before. In hot climates, it's good to create shade, and in blustery ones, it's good to protect against storms.

Groups of multiple windows caught every breeze in summer, and provided natural light in winter.

These design features kept evolving into the Prairie/Craftsman styles and finally the Foursquare.

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Re: What style is my house?

Postby melissakd on Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:32 pm

Here's a little style timeline:
Queen Anne
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28737057@N ... 675280@N00

Stick Style row house in San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sftrajan/5633008433/

Shingle, 1911
http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanvi ... 8391792021

Stick & Shingle turn into Foursquare, 1920s:
Lower-pitched roof, rambling is more contained
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daily-bung ... 7076023574
Overhanging eaves, two-tone paint, grouped windows, belt course
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daily-bung ... 4863034498
A little stickwork, shingled upper portion/clapboarded lower portion
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daily-bung ... 747534286/
Classic Foursquare, two tones, shingled upper portion
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daily-bung ... 5106172562
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Re: What style is my house?

Postby jski88 on Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:27 pm

Thanks Melissakd! That helps a ton!!! See I couldn't figure it out myself b/c it seemed to be a few different styles. I wish they had kept the original porch (es) on the house, but I do like the way it looks now too...

Also, I'm happy we have *most of the original windows...only a few were replaced, however I would really like some different storm windows...not digging the aluminum...
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Re: What style is my house?

Postby steffanronan on Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:22 am

I think this house is Shingle style house. Because Shingle style is ​one of the classic architectural design styles and this house is also looking classic.
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