Dutch Colonial Style
Architectural features of this Early American style include steeply pitched gable roofs without eaves or the more familiar barn-like gambrel design featuring flared eaves that extend to provide a generous porch covering. The first homes, which appeared in New Jersey and lower New York, featured front entries with split-level Dutch doors and a single large room with high ceilings and exposed beams. Originally, stone was prevalent in rural areas while brick remained in demand in heavily populated regions. Chimneys typically appear at both ends, and the addition of wings, including garages, is a common sight. Dormer windows remain decorative accents incorporating extended peaked roofs. Popularized by Dutch settlers in the early 1600s, this style remained in favor until the early 19th century. Today's homes are typically two stories, although the first structures were one story, often with a half-space available for storage.