The Dutch Colonial style was brought to the New World by Dutch immigrants who settled along the Hudson River in New York State before scattering across Delaware, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Most of the original Dutch Colonial houses were built between 1625 and about 1720, when the Dutch were overwhelmed by English colonists. But the style didn't enter the mainstream until the housing boom of the 1920s, when it emerged as part of the larger Colonial Revival movement.

The style remains popular today, partly because it's a cost-effective way to add upstairs headroom without increasing a home's overall height. And despite its advanced age, the Dutch Colonial still has plenty of design kick, especially in the solid and very satisfying trim that finishes off the traditional Dutch gambrel roof.

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