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Eastern Shingle is a breed of Colonial Revival but is distinctive enough to receive its own symbol. It comes to us from the northeast, from places like New England where the winters bring snow in quantity. It appears in two main forms, the High Peaked A Frame, which has a tall, steeply angled roof, curved out slightly at the eves and with large side dormered windows, and the Dutch Colonial form which uses a barn shaped (gambrel) roof. They are easy to identify by their roof shapes and are both designed for shedding snow (although here we have no snow). They are slightly more rustic than classic Colonial Revival and therefore have more stylistic overlap into the Arts and Crafts and First Bay Tradition architecture, especially in the use of the enormous side dormered window idea. Eastern Shingle is commonly adorned with the fancy ornamentation of Colonial Revival and often sided in clapboard below and shingle above. The style is in the minority but is still well represented in Berkeley. The default type of siding (no siding notation) is shingle.