20TH CENTURY

SHED (1970-1985)

The Shed Style was used in residential and commercial buildings with high end architectural flare in the early 1970s. The Shed Style is a middle ground between the modern movement's smooth finishes and postmodernism's multiple massing. The style took a strong hold in Alaska during the 1970s. Much of the construction took place during the energy crisis so some employed the use of solar panels and south facing clerestories. The style was often used for vacation homes, schools, apartment complexes and condominiums. Popularity declined as people demanded homes with less maintenance, because the wood exteriors caused Shed Style homes to be relatively high maintenance.

Primary Stylistic Features
  • Overall asymmetrical with strong lines.
  • Mixed massing.
  • Busy roofline.
  • One to two stories.
  • Intersecting gable and/or shed roofs.
  • Seamless roof and wall intersection.
  • Asymmetrical placement of windows.
  • Recessed or obscured door.
Secondary Stylistic Features
  • Long and geometric windows.
  • Clerestory.
  • Brick and stone veneers inserted as cladding.
  • Large interior volumes of space.
  • Clad in wood, T1-11, stone veneer or brick veneer.
  • Blank wall surfaces.

Evaluation Considerations

Shed Style buildings will be found individually and in mixed style districts. To be eligible as a contributing element in a district, the Shed must maintain the distinctive roofline and asymmetry. Additions can be sympathetically applied to this style while maintaining its distinctive characteristics especially in a district setting. Shed Style homes will often be found in districts that contain A-Frames and Geodesic Domes. Setting and location are extremely important for the district overall.

High style sheds can be individually eligible when they have a majority of the primary stylistic features and at least three secondary stylistic features. Integrity of design, workmanship and materials is important for Sheds to be individually eligible. Additions to shed style buildings will make them not eligible individuall.


For Further Information

House & Garden Plan. New York: Quick Fox, 1978

Baker, John M. American House Styles: A Concise Guide. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1994