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Dutch Colonial House Style

Dutch Colonial Revival House in Arlington MA

Dutch Colonial Revival House in Arlington MA

When you skim through the American architectural guides looking for info on the Dutch Colonial style you’ll see pages about the houses built by Dutch settlers in the earliest years of our country.  From 1625 to the 1830s Dutch immigrants built houses in the mid-Atlantic states with steeply pitched gambrel or gable roof lines.

In Massachusetts, what we think of as a Dutch Colonial is better described as Dutch Colonial Revival.  These charming houses are common in the towns and cities around Cambridge and were built in the early decades of the 1900s.  A Dutch Colonial in Arlington is pictured above.

The defining feature of the Dutch Colonial Revival is the gambrel roof with a continuous dormer. Federal or Georgian style entryways were common.

While the Dutch Colonial in the photograph is a center entrance, the side entrance became quite popular in the 1920s and ’30s.  Typically you’ll find in the side entrance version that the living room runs across the front of the house to the side of the entry.

More Posts About Local Building Styles:

Capes in Cambridge and Nearby

Shingle Style Houses

Triple Deckers

Concrete Buildings In Cambridge

And for even more click on the Architecture tag link below.

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