1913 Dutch Colonial Revival

This fine 1913 Dutch Colonial Revival style house in Portland, Maine, was designed by architect John Calvin Stevens for stockbroker Henry Lewis.

America’s most enduring residential architectural style, the Colonial Revival started in the late 19th century and has never really gone away. A product of the late Victorian period, it looked back to the styles of the colonial and eary republic periods -freely combining elements from them all.

Variations in the style include the Dutch Colonial with gambrel roof and Spanish Colonial Revival with elements drawn from the colonial period in the southwest and California. This house is a lovely example of a Dutch Colonial Revival style house which is primarily characterized by the gambrel roof form. The cross-gable on the Lewis House presents a gambrel gable on all four elevations.

Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Colonial Revival is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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