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1625 - mid-1800s: Dutch Colonial

Architecture from the Netherlands in the New World


Settling along the Hudson River in the land that became New York State, Dutch colonists built brick and stone homes like those found in the Netherlands.
The John Teller House is a Dutch Colonial home in Schenectady, NY

The John Teller House is a Dutch Colonial home in the Stockade neighborhood of Schenectady, NY. The home was built in about 1740.

Photo © Jackie Craven

Dutch Colonial homes have many of these features:

  • Located in New York State and nearby areas in Delaware, New Jersey, and western Connecticut
  • Stone or brick construction
  • Dutch doors (upper and lower halves can be opened independently)
  • Matching chimneys on each side, OR a massive wishbone-shaped chimney at the front
  • Wide, slightly flared eaves, OR
  • Gambrel roof, OR
  • Gambrel roof with flared eaves
Built in 1740, the Dutch Colonial Home shown here has a gambrel roof and a salt-box shaped lean-to addition. Later Dutch style buildings became known for their elaborately shaped gables, dormers, and parapets.

Twentieth century Dutch Colonial Revival houses borrow the gambrel roof found on historic Dutch Colonial houses. See a 20th century Dutch Colonial Revival bungalow >

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