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This second origin is a new one to me and is easily dismissed with a brief review of the history and the areas where is was common. This style is originally found primarily in New York and New Jersey and there is very little overlap with the "deutsch" settlers. Unless the source is specified (it isn't now) and has something to back it up I think this origin should be left off as simple mis-information.
I would also recommend some mention of the construction. True Dutch Colonial design has a top floor roof line which is smaller than the first floor. This of course is difficult to produce using modern balloon frame or platform frame techniques and may account for the design falling out of favor as those technique became standard in the USA. Many of the 20th century colonial revival specimens are of a "faux" design consisting of a standard box frame with fake gambrels on both ends giving the appearance of full dormers. I beleive the photo shows this style but it is difficult to tell from that angle.
Prior to balloon framing the design was favored because of its very efficient use of materials and space. By tucking a reduced-area story under the roof the house could have a steep sloped roof for protection against the weather, large overhangs for summer cooling, and maximum usable space. As in a barn the top floor often has limited daylight and is hot during the summer but of course is well suited for bedroom space. 22.214.171.124 15:32, 17 June 2007 (UTC)Kirsten is cool
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