My suggestion is that elements of Queen Anne Revival applied to a Georgian form provide the visual appeal here. Seems to me that Brighton has a lot of transitional, vernacular builds combining elements of Victorian style and cleaner Edwardian lines.(More on its earliest homes later.)
The uber-functional wing to the right serves in some official capacity; the home (so many large older homes fall into this line of work) is the Walas Funeral Home.
The Walas name is as well-maintained as this home. Canadian 'pioneer' Anthony came to Brighton from Poland in 1952, and to Brighton in 1972. He built homes, contributed to his community, and raised a family. One of his son has served as Mayor in recent years.
Shannon Kyles of ontarioarchitecture.com has this to say about fish scale shingle siding. "On Victorian and Queen Anne buildings, fish scale shingles were used extensively as a finishing element. These are generally wood and are most frequently found on the gable or upper section of the buildings."
|zig zags in Wellington|
|scallops along Bagot Street, Kingston|
Here are a few other favourite fish scale tales.
|variety in Wellington|
While we're on the subject of wooden shingles (and their cousins shakes, which I read are split, not sawn) let's give a thought to shingles as an exterior wall cladding. The covering tends to be associated with New England Colonial building; not surprising to see it repeating in the UEL Maritimes, and in the Colonial Revival styles of 1900 on.
|Zwicker House (1870) Mahone Bay|
Then there are the medieval roots of building styles. Elements of the rustic building methods of the medieval period were reprised in Victorian era stick-style architecture, and in the later Arts and Crafts style, and even later 'organic architecture' of Frank Lloyd Wright.
But for now, I'm going to stop playing the name game, and just appreciate why I loved these buildings enough to record them.
P.S. And then, just because they were available, no thought for their silvery beauty, shingles adorned many a shed on farms everywhere.