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The Shingle Style Defined
Advertisement from Puritan: A Journal for Gentlewomen

Shingle-sided houses were often featured in advertisements such as this one from Puritan: A Journal for Gentlewomen

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Technically, the word "shingle" is not a style, but a siding material. Victorian shingles were usually thinly cut cedar which was stained rather than painted. Vincent Scully, an architectural historian, popularized the term Shingle Style to describe a type of Victorian home in which complex shapes were united by a taut skin of these cedar shingles. And yet, some "Shingle Style" homes were not sided in shingles at all!
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