- This article refers to an architectural style. For other meanings of Cape Cod, see Cape Cod .
A Cape Cod cottage
is a style of house originating in New England
in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, perfectly pitched roof
with end gables
, a large central chimney
and very little ornamentation. Traditional Cape Cod houses were very simple: symmetrically designed with a central front door surrounded by two multi-paned windows on each side. Homes were designed to withstand the stormy, stark weather of the Massachusetts coast. Modern Cape Cod architecture still draws from colonial designs.
The Cape Cod cottage style (and in turn its Colonial Revival
descendant of the 1930s–50s) originated with the colonists who came from England
to New England. They used the English house with a hall and parlor
as a model, adapting this design with local materials to best protect against New England's notoriously stormy weather. Over the next several generations emerged a 1- to -story house with wooden shutters
The Reverend Timothy Dwight IV
(1752–1817), president of Yale University
from 1795–1817, coined the term "Cape Cod House" after a visit to the Cape in 1800. His observations were published posthumously in Travels in New England and New York
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