The Dutch Colonial Lefferts House in Brooklyn, NY. The United States is a nation of immigrants. Many of the people who crossed an ocean to live here brought building traditions from their previous homelands, creating regional variations in styles and forms. The Dutch settlers to the Hudson River valley brought a form of gambrel roof that curves at the eave, often incorporating an inset porch.
The 1787 Pieter Lefferts House in Brooklyn, NY is an example of the form. This house has a typical British/American center hall plan, which exemplifies how the building traditions brought to America by different groups blended into other traditions once here. The 20th century Colonial Revival style spread houses with this form all across the US.
Visiting historic house museums can be a great way to get inspiration for your own project and make it easier to understand historic houses in the context of the time they were built. If you’re fortunate, you will see restoration work in progress and be able to talk to the people doing the work.
In the mean time, you can gain inspiration and information for your project in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” The 720 page award-winning and best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.
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