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Cape Cod Three-Bedroom Colonial
1950s floor plan and rendering of neo-colonial Cape Cod house called Harmony

1950s floor plan and rendering of neocolonial Cape Cod house called "Harmony"

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The "Harmony" House Plan

At first glance, this house appears to be a typical Cape Cod home with a steeply pitched roof and center chimney. Details, however, make this a "modern adaptation of early American design," according to advertising brochures.

Why is this a Neocolonial style?

  • Inspired by the Cape Cod colonial style, but without rigid adoption (for example, asymmetric, irregularly-shaped windows on the first floor facade; a "neo" side porch)
  • Side gabled roof
  • Two stories with dormers
  • Multiple exterior sidings
  • Lack of decorative shutters, although expected on a Cape Cod style
  • Modern features, such as the "glass block partition between the living and dining rooms"

See Neoeclectic Homes in Suburbia for an introduction to these mid-century home designs.

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