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Picture Dictionary of Colonial House Styles: German Colonial

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German Settlers in the American colonies used local materials to recreate building styles from their homeland.
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick, Maryland

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick, Maryland is a German Colonial House completed in 1756.

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Schifferstadt Architectural Museum in Frederick, Maryland is a landmark example of German Colonial Architecture. Named by Joseph Brunner after his childhood home near Mannheim, Germany, the house was completed in 1756.

Typical of German Colonial architecture, the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum has these features:

  • Most often found in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland
  • Two-feet thick walls made with sandstone
  • Reinforced stone arches above the first floor windows and doors
  • Hand-hewn beams pinned with wooden pegs
  • Exposed half-timbering
  • Flared eaves
  • Massive wishbone-shaped chimney

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