The Dutch colonial architecture is unique and yet very similar to the original Colonial homes built in the New England states between 1600 and 1800. According to legend, the uniqueness hails from homeland blueprints. It is said that when the Dutch landed on American soil, they brought with them their own homebuilding methods and styles. Dutch carpentry methods were incorporated into the mix, along with many other homebuilding styles of the time. The end result was several distinct Colonial style homes.
Unique Qualities of Dutch Colonial Homes
The basic design of a Dutch Colonial is similar to other Colonial-era homes. However, the homeland style and carpentry techniques added some distinguishing elements.
Concentration of Dutch Colonial Homes
The first Dutch Colonial homes were erected in New York and New Jersey, where German and Dutch citizens settled. The low, sweeping gambrel roofs were often hipped to resemble a barn, then swept down in a flared edge, creating shelter on the porch beneath it. Dormer windows, centered on each side of the door, nearly reached the ground.
Even if a Dutch Colonial doesn't have the usual design, there are certain elements that strongly indicate a home is of Dutch origin:
Today, several original Dutch Colonial homes can be found in New York state, particularly in the Hudson River Valley. Some stately homes have withstood the test of time and remain unaltered by generations of refurbishing and revival.
The Hendrick I. Lott House, located at 1940 East 36th Street, is one of 14 remaining Dutch Colonial farm houses in Kings County. It is recognized both by its wide-hipped, symmetrically winged architecture, as well as by the historical marker that adorns the yard.