Colonial homes have been popular in America since the early 1600s. However, a large number of people are unaware that there are actually several different styles of colonial homes―many of which can still be seen today. Like many immigrants who came to America during it’s childhood, the settlers brought their own style of living―and architecture―with them.
History of Dutch Colonial Architecture
Many are familiar with the Dutch being labeled penny pinchers or cheap. So it’s easy to see why Dutch colonial homes are often associated with the Dutch people and their wooden shoes. This is especially true due to the fact that in the 1700s, gamble-roofed houses―like the Dutch colonial―were able to pass as one story homes; thus avoiding the tax of a two story home.
Did you know that the Dutch Colonial was actually built by German settlers and not settlers from Holland (or the Netherlands, if you prefer); who were also known as the Dutch? The style gets it’s name from the German or “Deutsch” settlers who immigrated to Pennsylvania, New York and other parts of New England during the early 17th century.
What Does a Traditional Dutch Colonial Home Look Like?
Dutch colonial homes are easy to identify once you know what to look for. Like a typical colonial, the front door is centered on the facade of the home. There are an equal number of windows on either side of the door and on any additional floors.
These homes have a barn-like appearance and are often made from brick, stone or both. In addition, these homes often had double hung sash windows, a gamble roof and a Dutch double doorway. The Dutch double doorway was a door that was split horizontally across the middle of the door. This allowed for the top half of the door to be open and let in a cool breeze while the bottom half kept children in.
Dutch Colonial Revival: 1890s to 1930s
As recently as the late 1800s and early 1900s, a new style of Dutch colonial homes came about―known as Dutch colonial revival homes. These homes also feature many of the same characteristics as the original Dutch colonial homes―namely the gamble roof. However, they may not necessarily feature stone or brick construction, the original Dutch double door or symmetrical windows.
Historically, Dutch colonial revival homes were often painted white, but new homeowners may have chosen to repaint these homes other colors.
Examples of famous Dutch Colonial homes include the Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York and the John Teller House in Schenectady, New York.
Realtor.org: Dutch Colonial
Antique Home: Colonial Revival: Dutch Colonial
The Amityville Horror House
The John Teller House