Material often defines the architecture not just of bridges and skyscrapers but even of the most common American houses. Federal homes are brick in the South, wood- frame and clapboard in the North. International Style is concrete, and Shingle Style speaks for itself. But what of Arts & Crafts buildings?
The traditional materials are once again widely available today, as are tradespeople who work with them. Wood shingles, clay tile, slate, metal, quarter-sawn clapboards, cement stucco: these materials telegraph the style, character, and quality of the house.