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The style was dominant, particularly in the northeastern states from about 1880-1900. The name was coined by 19th century English architects led by Richard Norman Shaw. Based primarily on Elizabethan and Jacobean precedents, the American style is identified by irregular massing with a dominant front-facing gable. Numerous sub-types evolved, the most common being the “spindlework” type with ornate detailing and the later, “free-classic” type which utilized classical-inspired details.