The Shingle style developed as an architect-designed rather than builder-designed style. It was first used along the New England coastline and in resort areas.
As the name indicates, the buildings are characterized by the extensive use of shingles, in patterns and “flowing” across rounded surfaces and around corners. The style is very sculptural.
Houses are often large and somewhat rambling, with rounded turrets, porches, and dormers. Often windows are grouped in horizontal bands, and occasionally the first floor is stone.
The curved or “eyebrow” dormer is a hallmark of this style.
Many new houses in Weston are being built in the Shingle style, which has been revived because of its suitability to houses that are large in size yet informal in style.