Stick Style. This Old Northside residence is a Stick Style building. Probably constructed in the last quarter of the 19th Century, it is a good example of the style, identified by its wooden exterior with trim, known as “stickwork,” which mimics the interior construction of the building. The cross-hatch pattern of the stickwork trim on this house is purely decorative. Other hallmarks of the style displayed by this house are its gabled roof, wooden clapboard siding and its one-story porch with curved braces.
The Stick Style was popular in the United States in the years between 1860 and 1890 or so, according to the Field Guide to American Houses. It’s a relatively rare style in Indianapolis, which seemed to embrace other styles of the period, such as Italianate and Queen Anne, more readily. Like the wildly popular Queen Anne style, Stick Style was an adaptation of English architecture.