Row House Architectural Guide: Dutch Colonial Revival

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Type of Row House Architecture: Dutch Colonial Revival

Years Popular: 1880-1940

Typical Characteristics:

  • Pointed, stepped facade
  • Gabled roof
  • Brick or stone masonry construction, often mixed
  • Windows with small panes, some being grouped together
  • Predominantly located in New England and Mid-Atlantic cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia

Examples of Dutch Colonial Revival Row Houses:

For context, here is one of the oldest row houses in Amsterdam. This style of row house is more than 500 years old. When the New World, specifically New York, was settled by Dutch colonists, they naturally built homes in the style that was popular in their home country. There is belief that Manhattan was full of Dutch-styled row houses before much of the architecture was destroyed by several fires in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Benijnhof 34 - A rare wooden row house in Amsterdam.

Benijnhof 34 – A rare wooden row house in Amsterdam.

When it comes to Dutch Revival architecture in row houses, the newer homes look very much like their centuries-old counter-parts in cities like Amsterdam. Here is a rather fancy Dutch Revival row house in Philadelphia. Notice the stepped front gable and groups of windows on the second floor.

Dutch Revival row house in Philadelphia.

Dutch Revival row house in Philadelphia.

Below, is another Dutch Revival row house in Philadelphia, with a closer focus on the first floor windows; typical of the Dutch style. The door of this, and its neighbor, house is also Dutch in style and have a top and bottom that open independently.

Front of a Dutch Revival row house in Philadelphia.

Front of a Dutch Revival row house in Philadelphia.

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Here is a full shot of the front of two Dutch Revival row houses. Notice the stepped roof line.

Here is a full shot of the front of two Dutch Revival row houses. Notice the stepped roof line, double doors, and small window panes. The bowed window on the second floor in an interesting departure from the typically flat elevations.

This style of home is a little more prevalent in detached home architecture but I will be on the look-out for more examples.

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