What Style Is It?

Shingles. This house on 303 Berkeley Place was built in 1897. Shingles style is noted for its decorative friezes and leaded glass windows. Shingle houses sometimes have a complex hip and or gable roof with a turret – like this one – and often exhibit a balanced design, and are completed with either plain or decorative cedar shingles. The Shingle style ran from 1880-1900, mostly in New England, where it became popular for seashore homes, because the large porches and balconies encourage a more outdoor feeling and enjoyment.


 East Lake.  This 19th century movement was started by Charles Eastlake (1836-1906).  Basically, “simpler” details of late Victorian (1839-1901) architecture.  East Lake has decorative styles of geometric ornamentation, spindles and low relief carvings. The style can also be related to interior design work as well as furniture.



Bungalow.  Known as the Arts and Crafts movement (1900-1935) the bungalow is usually 1 1-1/2 stories tall with low pitched roof lines on a gable or hipped roof with deeply hanging eaves, heavy brackets and a  front porch.  The bungalow also had an open floor plan with virtually no hallways.


Classical Revival. A uniquely American style that is essentially a mixture of many styles.  Prominent features are: typically 2-storied with gabled, hipped or gambrel roof styles and dormer windows; and symmetrical front look with classical porch and evenly-spaced columns over front door. The revitalization of Colonial Williamsburg in the 1930’s helped broaden interest in this style across the country.


SunTrust Building at 12-14 W. Beverley Street. Built in 1903.

Beaux Arts. Characteristics include rich, heavy ornaments with slightly over scale details (especially over windows), arched and round windows, and symmetry with classical details.


“The Castle”. Designed by T.J.Collins & Son for Arista Hoge.

Richardsonian Romanesque, named for Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886).

Characteristics include a strong fortress-like masonry appearance with recessed entrances, over-sized carvings, round arches,  short squatty columns, and a structurally solid look.  This style was favored for county, state, and federal buildings (especially out west), and was well loved by Victorian robber barons of Brooklyn (NY).