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Dutch Colonial Revival

Nearby Dutch Colonial Landmarks


Lefferts Homestead, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, New York, NY

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Background on Dutch Colonial Revival
The revival of Dutch Colonial architecture began around 1900, following shortly after the revival of Federal and Georgian Colonial architecture.  Dutch Colonial Revival homes borrow the gambrel roof from the original style, but generally have a higher pitch and adapted form to gain higher ceilings and more comfortable living space.  The overall plan tends to be symmetrical often with a center hall entrance.  Like the original Dutch Colonial homes, revival homes were usually clad with cedar shingles and often left unpainted.
The cedar shingle grew to be seen as a uniquely American material and gave rise to an entire style of architecture:  the Shingle Style, which can sometimes be confused with Dutch Colonial Revival. 

The Lefferts Homestead was built between 1777 and 1783 on a site several blocks from its current location in Prospect Park.  It replaced an earlier home destroyed in the Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War.  Today it is operated as a children's museum.

The Dyckman Farmhouse is the only remaining Dutch Colonial residence on the island of Manhattan.  It was built in the 1780s after the family's earlier house was burned by the British during the Revolutionary War occupation of New York.  It remained owned by the Dyckman family until the1870s, was sold, and was then reaquired by the family in 1916 to save it from destruction.  It has been open to the public as a museum since that time.

Built around 1652, the Wyckoff House is believed to be the oldest house in the State of New York.  It was built by Pieter Claesen (Wyckoff), who came to America as an illiterate indentured servant, but went on to become a magistrate and the wealthiest farmer in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn.  The house remained in the same family for 250 years.  It was later reaquired by the Wyckoff Family Association in 1961 and donated to the City of New York.

When Hendrick I. Lott built this house in 1800, he moved an earlier house built by his grandfather Johannes Lott in 1720 and incorporated it as a wing of this home.  It remained in the same family for nearly 200 more years until recently acquired by the City of New York.  (The house is currently undergoing restoration and is not yet open to the public.)

Hendrick I. Lott House, Brooklyn, NY