Co-authors John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman and Joel Barkley. © William Waldron

On the Bookshelf

A fresh look at a classic and familiar style

If you think you can picture a typical Shingle-style house, then think again. As the principals of acclaimed New York and San Francisco architecture firm Ike Kligerman Barkley illustrate in their book The New Shingled House (The Monacelli Press, New York; 2015. $60), this rustic vernacular that arose 150 years ago still resonates—in many forms—today. Co-authors John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman and Joel Barkley spotlight 14 of their projects—from a New England beach getaway to a stunning Bay Area abode—that interpret Shingle style in classic and modern ways.

In November, Ike and Kligerman came to DC to discuss the staying power of Shingle architecture at an event hosted by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Washington-Mid Atlantic Chapter and moderated by Baltimore designer Patrick Sutton. “It’s a ubiquitous American style with different regional takes,” Ike remarked. “It feels comfortable and familiar. And it allows a lot of inventiveness.” At a book signing that followed, the authors embellished each copy with a personal sketch—in Shingle style, of course.