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Shingle Styles: Innovation and Tradition in American Architecture 1874 to 1982

Roth, Leland M.

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ISBN 10: 0810944774 / ISBN 13: 9780810944770
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, 1999
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 240 pp. with 202 illustrations, including 172 plates in full color. Photographs by Bret Morgan. First Edition, 1999. "Thirty of the nation's finest examples of Shingle architecture are strikingly portrayed here -- from McKim, Mead & White's casino in Newport, Rhode Island, to Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois, to Julia Morgan's Sausality Women's Club in California. As the book's introduction reveals, the Shingle Style originated as a vigorous and eloquent expression of the American Colonial Revival in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. As the privileged classes of a newly industrialized society pursued leisure activities and relaxation, the Shingle Style became the architecture of those able to get away to the shore, to the hills, and to hotels and country clubs. " from the jacket flap. Not Price Clipped. Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Dark blue cloth with blind-stamped gilt lettering to front board and spine. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 003676

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Title: Shingle Styles: Innovation and Tradition in ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Book by Bret Morgan, Roth, Leland M


While Newport, Rhode Island, may not have been the birthplace of shingle style, it certainly became--somewhere around the 1860s--a stronghold for an approach that would become popular in American architecture. Established as a major shipping port in the mid-18th century, Newport went on to become a fashionable destination for the wealthy and the ambitious who took a liking to enormous houses (which they referred to as "cottages") which were built along the eastern shore of Aquidneck Island. Shingle Styles begins its case-by-case study of various American structures by focusing on a lasting monument in Rhode Island, the William Watts Sherman house, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson. Built in the 1870s, the Sherman house set the standard for many of the unifying themes of shingle style: long horizontal lines created by extended roof overhangs, rows of aligned windows, and a cantilevered upper gable. The decisive change in the Sherman house, however, and the strongest element of this new architectural style, was the use of wooden shingles for an exterior wall covering rather than red clay tiles or stone. As author Leland M. Roth points out, this simple change "opened up possibilities for variations in texture and surface, with the shingles cut and nailed in different patterns ... especially in the upper gables." Roth goes on to detail a total of 30 structures, including homes, clubs and lodges, churches, farms and barns, and a hotel. The story of shingle style is also told through more than 200 illustrations and photographs, mostly in color. Along the way we learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois; James and Merritt Reid's Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California; William Ralph Emerson's Felsted in Deer Isle, Main; and Greene & Greene's Gamble House in Pasadena, California. As an architectural characteristic, shingle style has its limitations. How much can be said, after all, about buildings which are unified only in their appearance of being covered entirely in wooden shingles? Roth helps to push appreciation to the next level, however, showing how the influences of craftsman, bungalow, prairie school, and postmodern touches have helped to enliven the style. --John Russell

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