OLD WORLD GRANDEUR & TIMELESS GRACE
2 Masconomo Street, Manchester By The Sea
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Enjoy a lifestyle of privacy and pleasure. This Shingle Style home with superb amenities, and tucked away on Smith's Point, has 7 bedrooms and 4.5 baths and awaits a very discriminating buyer.
Stoneleigh is a grand Shingle Style estate sited on lovely landscaped 1.3 acres on Smith Point and within a short walk to renowned ?Singing Beach? It was designed by Peabody and Stearns in 1898 and built by Roberts and Hoare. Entering through the gracious entry hall with fireplace and 10? ceilings, you come into a double size living room with dual fireplaces. From the living room, there is access to wonderful a landscaped stone patio and a large enclosed porch with gas stove for 3 season entertaining. The spacious formal dining room, with 10? bay window, leads to the sunny south facing kitchen and a family room with fireplace. The gracious wide staircase leads to second floor with 4 bedrooms each with a fireplace, 3 1/2 bathrooms and a grand media/playroom. The third floor, which has Central A/C, has 4 rooms and a bathroom. There are many recent updates including: new high efficiency heating and cooling system, and updated bathrooms.
Manchester-By-The-Sea is one of the loveliest and most desirable towns on the north shore of Boston, and Smith?s Point, which is a peninsula, is the most desirable and prestigious areas of the town. By the mid 19th Century Manchester-By-The-Sea was established as a prestigious summer resort colony with majestic sea side mansions, a protected harbor, and the commuter train to Boston.
This property is rare find, for more details go to www.homeseachnorthshore.com or call Bob Stallard for your private showing. Offered Exclusively $2,650,000
Link to aerial view of home showing easy walk to Singing Beach and Town.
Shingle Style ArchitectureHouse Styles by Jackie Craven
Architects rebelled against Victorian fussiness when they designed rustic Shingle Style homes, popular in the Northeastern United States between 1874 and 1910.
A shingled home does not stand on ceremony. It blends into the landscape of wooded lots. Wide, shady porches encourage lazy afternoons in rocking chairs. The roughhewn siding and the rambling shape suggest that the house was thrown together without fuss or fanfare.
In Victorian days, shingles were often used as ornamentation on houses in the Queen Anne and other fancy styles. But Henry Hobson Richardson, Charles McKim, Stanford White and even Frank Lloyd Wright began to experiment with shingle siding. They used natural colors and informal compositions to suggest the rustic homes of New England settlers. By covering most or all of a building with shingles stained a single color, architects created an uniform, unembellished surface. Monotoned and unornamented, these homes celebrated the honesty of form, the purity of line.
Shingle Style homes usually have these features:
* Continuous wood shingles on siding and roof
* Irregular roof line
* Cross gables
* Eaves on several levels
* Asymmetrical floor plan
Some Shingle Style homes have these features:
* Wavy wall surface
* Patterned shingles
* Squat half-towers
* Palladian windows
* Roughhewn stone on lower stories
* Stone arches over windows and porches
Shingle Style homes can take on many forms. Some have tall turrets, suggestive of Queen Anne architecture. Some have gambrel roofs, Palladian windows and other Colonial details. Some have features borrowed from Tudor, Gothic and Stick styles. At times it may seem that the only thing Shingle houses have in common is the material used for their siding. With this much variation, can it be said that "Shingle" is a style at all?
Technically, the word "shingle" is not a style, but a siding material. Victorian shingles were usually thinly cut cedar which was stained rather than painted. Vincent Scully, an architectural historian, popularized the term Shingle Style to describe a type of Victorian home in which complex shapes were united by a taut skin of these cedar shingles. And yet, some "Shingle Style" homes were not sided in shingles at all!
For example, look at the 1889 Victorian mansion, Prospect Hill in Mountain City, Tennessee. It has the complex, asymmetrical shape and the relatively unornamented surface of a Shingle Style home. Yet the building, now a bed and breakfast inn, is rendered in brick.
Whether sided in shingle, brick or clapboard, these homes did mark a significant shift in American housing styles. Shingle architecture broke free from lavish, decorative designs popular in Victorian times. Deliberately rustic, the style suggested a more relaxed, informal style of living. Shingle Style homes could even take on the weather-beaten appearance of a tumble-down shelter on the craggy New England coast.
But this simplicity was, of course, a ruse. Shingle Style homes were never the humble dwellings of fishing folk. Built in seaside resorts like Newport, Cape Cod, eastern Long Island and coastal Maine, many of these houses were vacation "cottages" for the very wealthy. And, as the new casual look caught favor, Shingle Style homes popped up in fashionable neighborhoods far from the seashore.
Even Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by the style. His 1889 home in Oak Park, Illinois was inspired by the work of Shingle Style designers McKim, Mead and White.
Although the Shingle Style faded from popularity in the early 1900s, it saw a rebirth in the second half of the twentieth century. In the 1960s, Robert Venturi used shingle siding, traditional gables and other Shingle Style details for his mother's home in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Robert Stern also borrowed from the style, modeling a Long Island home after a Shingle house built in 1888.
Not every house sided in shingles represents the Shingle Style, but many homes being built today have classic Shingle Style characteristics -- rambling floorplans, inviting porches, high gables and rustic informality.
Shingle Styles : Innovation and Tradition in American Architecture 1874 to 1982
by Leland M. Roth, Bret Morgan (Photographer) ISBN: 0810944774
Shingle Style and the Stick Style : Architectural Theory & Design from Richardson to the Origins of Wright
by Vincent, Jr. Scully ISBN: 0300015194
The Shingle Style Today : Or, the Historian's Revenge
by Vincent Joseph, Scully, Vincent, Jr. Scully ISBN: 0807607606
Manchester By The Sea town web site.