The Shingle Style and the Stick Style

Architectural Theory and Design from Downing to the Origins of Wright; Revised Edition

Vincent J. Scully, Jr.

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September 10, 1971
184 pages, x
184 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300015195
Paper

As the definitive study of the complex inspirations and cultural influences that were fused in the Shingle Style of wooden suburban and resort buildings of the period 1872 to 1889, Mr. Scully’s book has received much critical acclaim.  He presents the published designs and the written statements of the architects, as well as contemporary criticisms of the buildings to analyze the development of the Shingle Style from Richardson’s early work to Wright’s first house in Oak Park.  An analysis of the Colonial Revival is central to the work, which is now enhanced by the addition of an extensive related chapter on the “Stick Style” of the mid-century.  A new preface has been added and the bibliography and footnotes are brought up to date. 
“The last section of the book, on the origins and early development of Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of Scully’s best.  This chapter…shows a mature understanding and a just handling of the academic tradition and of the early work of one of America’s greatest architects.”—The Art Bulletin
“Scully’s research is exhaustive, his scholarship impeccable.  His illustrations alone form a gold mine of information on the period.”—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

"The definitive treatise on our local [New England] late-19th-century architecture." —Fine Homebuilding

"Scully writes with a compelling enthusiasm which is challenging. . . . The great contribution of this book is the attention which it focuses on a form of American architecture from which we have been averting our eyes for about 40 years, now."—Progressive Architecture

"The last section of the book, on the origins and early development of Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of Scully's best. This chapter . . . shows a mature understanding and a just handling of the academic tradition and of the early work of one of America's greatest architects."—Art Bulletin

"Scully's research is exhaustive, his scholarship impeccable. His illustrations alone form a gold mine of information on the period."—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

The original edition won the 1957 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award of the College Art Association.
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