Shingle-style architecture in Lancaster County, PA

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

I was out today (as mentioned in another post) and came across what I think is the only example of a "Shingle" style home in the area.  At least I haven't seen anything like it yet  This home is on College Avenue in Elizabethtown, a stone's throw from Elizabethtown College.  Built in 1910, it's a near-perfect example of the genre, with a gambrel roof, front overhang porch and shingle siding.  Here's a photo:

Shingle house 

Even though the Shingle style is a victorian style, it came late in the movement, around 1890-1900.  Ths style does not emphasize decorative detailing around the windows and doors (another victorian hallmark).  From the other victorian styles it borrowed wide porches, shingled surfaces  & lopsided forms.  Also it adapted gambrel roofs and classical columns (as in this example). Lastly, it  borrowed an emphasis on non-symmetrical shapes.  All of these style points are picked up in this gorgeous home.  Shingle-style homes are hard to find these days, and I was very excited to see this great example.

For more Lancaster County homes and home styles check here.

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andre drost

Dear Jeff,


can you tell me if those are round doric columns on the porch.  they look round from the picture but I am not positive.  have a potential client who needs to rebuild their porch and they want to use doric columns instead of the square one that are there.  have you seen other shinge style homes with doric columns?





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