Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday is "This Old House Day"

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Number 103 Grandview was built in the 1890s. The "Shingle Style" which followed the exuberant Queen Anne Style was favored for sea side and suburban homes. The trend began with the grandiose shingled summer homes of McKim, Mead and White in the 1880s and continued with the fine Shingle Style houses of William Ralph Emerson in Massachusetts and John Calvin Stevens in Maine. They were characterized by quiet compact massing, enveloping roofs which were often gambreled, simple classic details and the use of weathered shingles to "wrap" the house. It was considered an American derived architecture which was influenced by the early weathered clapboarded and shingled 17th century houses.

The most dominant element in this residence is the three story tower with a domical roof, a rarity in Quincy. Although the house has some Queen Anne characteristics such as the roof structure, the tower and the fan shaped decoration in the entrance pediment, it is the use of the shingles which envelop the house, which curve inward toward projecting windows and which soften corners that identify it as a fine Shingle Style house. It is set on a typical Quincy granite foundation. It is one of the fine late 19th century residence in the Wollaston Hill neighborhood. This property has been recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.


Marie-Noyale said...

I learned a lot about architecture style, today I learned about shingles.
Your thursday post is always interresting.

Hilda said...

Thank you for the wonderful lesson!

I've always liked these kinds of houses—the round tower and porch especially—and only just thought of them as "Victorian." It's not a style used here in the Philippines, but I think one new development just outside Metro Manila has adopted it as their style.

The Lone Beader said...

For some reason, Candy Lane came to mind. LOL.

Mo said...

Beautiful house great photo.

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